What do you think about iwi members having voting rights on council committees?
Outrageous indeed! Regarding yesterday's story, Outrage At New Iwi Positions.
The exercise of democracy is defined as 'one person one vote', but the New Plymouth District Council committee proposal is for one person one vote - one Maori one vote, plus surrogate votes.
If the current Maori consultative group is not effective, that in no way qualifies its members for voting rights; quite the reverse for an already privileged group.
The last council survey on direct Maori representation to council didn't get much support.
It appears that the mayor's proposed new adviser should start expounding on the basics of democratic representation.
I am reminded of the names of some of the past freely elected area Maori councillors, such as Maria Tippins, Ailya Taylor, Steven White, Peter Marshall, Charlie Bailey and Ted Tamati.
Other than Councillor Chong, I wonder how the other ''new broom'' councillors will vote at the full council meeting?
D. M. MUSKER
- Taranaki Daily News
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