The real agenda
Maori are a strong political force. Maori are not only active in politics – they are often willing and able to make the effort to connect with and influence Pakeha and other ethnic groups as well as their own people about political issues.
The proposed Maori seats on council will not fulfil the principles of the treaty or ensure that Maori have representation on council.
The three Maori seats out of 20 are a token gesture and simply a strategy to separate Maori voters from the rest of Auckland. That strong voice and influence Maori have will be diverted to focus on Maori-only voters and Maorionly issues.
We all need to recognise this for