Urban Maori want to pick own reps
|20 Oct 2015 15:33 PM|
The chair of the National Urban Maori Authority, Willie Jackson says a Court of Appeal decision on appointments to Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board is a victory for urban Maori.
The court upheld a High Court decision the Papakura Marae chief executive Tony Kake could not stay on the board because the appointment panel failed to properly consider all applications, including that of Mr Jackson.
He says the case wasn't a personal attack on Mr Kake.
Rather it was a challenge to a system where representatives of Auckland iwi, who make up just 11 percent of Maori in the super city, get to choose who will represent mataawaka or Maori from iwi outside Auckland.
"We should be able to choose our representatives and I got the most support in that process, I got over nine organisations supporting me in Auckland here. That has got to count for something but it counted for nothing, and the High Court said it was badly flawed, the whole process." Mr Jackson says.
He hopes the mana whenua representatives will now do the right thing and listen to mataawaka.