Manukau Courier : November 12th 2010
7 MANUKAU COURIER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS 3242703AC WITH PASTORS PETER & BEV MORTLOCK MT WELLINGTON Mt Wellington Highway - Entrance, Aranui Rd, opposite Sylvia Park. Saturday 6pm - Sunday 10am & 6pm - All Welcome. 0800 CHURCH - www.cityimpactchurch.com A Maori voice for Auckland Council By HINERANGI VAIMOSO Voice to be heard: Papakura Marae chief executive officer Tony Kake will help advise Auckland Council on issues concerning Maori. Photo: SHANE WENZLICK He was one of the thousands who marched down Queen St in support of having Maori seats on the new Auckland Council. It wasn't to be and Papa- kura Marae chief executive Tony Kake has had to settle for the next best thing -- a seat on the Maori Statutory Board. The nine-member board was chosen by an iwi selec- tion committee and is made up of seven mana whenua representatives for Ngati Whatua, Waikato and Hau- raki tribes and two mata- awaka'' members for other Maori. Mr Kake says he's thankful for the role and he's paid respects to the selection com- mittee for having the confi- dence in him to represent a mataawaka voice at the table. Among his main goals is improving Maori partici- pation in decision-making across the city. I wouldn't mind seeing whanau being more engaged in the design and planning of local area plans that then escalate up to the Auckland Council plans -- long and short term. I think the board has a role in keeping the new council aligned to aspirations of whanau,'' he says. A key board function is to develop and maintain an excellent working relation- ship with the council, provid- ing an iwi/mataawaka per- spective on issues, projects and planning as it might affect whanau, he says. I intend to keep that kind of perspective real and in front of the new council whenever I can,'' he says. And while the issue of having Maori seats on the council remains, he feels progress would be slow. As a treaty partner, Maori have a right to be at the decision-making table and that's at all levels of decision- making within this new structure. But in terms of a referen- dum on this kaupapa, I simp- ly wouldn't waste the time and expense as the outcome is probably already known and besides the playing field based on pure numbers is not equitable anyway. I would prefer mayor Len Brown to ask himself if he thinks treaty obligations are being met through the cur- rent voting process.'' Former MP John Tamihere holds the other mataawaka seat. I guess first steps would be to define more clearly what our function as a board is and then establish how we can assist to make Tamaki Makaurau not only a good place but a great place for whanau to live and play.''
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