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Rotorua council deal a model for others

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Waiariki MP and Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell hopes other centres will emulate the partnership agreement signed between Rotorua Lakes Council and Te Arawa.

In the New Year the newly elected Te Arawa partnership board, Te Tatau o Te Arawa, will appoint two iwi representatives to two of the main council committees.

Mr Flavell says the debate over the agreement has been heated, but it sets the scene for tangata whenua to have more of a say in the region.

He says it’s in contrast to places like New Plymouth, Tauranga and Whangarei, which have resisted Maori involvement in forming policy.

"It's sad in this day and age that people still hold the colonial view that our job is just to act at tourist cong-ons and do the powhiri sort of carry on but when it comes to actually shaping the cities we live in, they don't want us involved. I think that's a sad indictment but the good thing is there are some positive signs and Rotorua is one of them," Mr Flavell says.

 

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