The real agenda

Central Leader - - Letters -

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

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