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Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Ed­i­tor,

This let­ter is in re­sponse to the page 1 ar­ti­cle [KMN, Fe­bru­ary 19]. I wish to draw con­cern to some un­true facts.

It re­ports that Ken Dou­glas says Liz Kelly ‘‘has lost my re­spect and has den­i­grated the role of deputy mayor’’. I at­tended this meet­ing and and the quote is false.

I re­call Ken Dou­glas say­ing he was ashamed and em­bar­rassed of the den­i­gra­tion of Ngati Toa and they have al­ways been strong sup­port­ers of the Whanau Cen­tre. He said the CEO (Liz Kelly) is a de­cent of Ngati Toa, and as a con­se­quence, he’s with­draw­ing his sup­port for her as deputy mayor.

I feel shocked that a white male New Zealan­der with no af­fil­i­a­tion to Ngati Toa would have the au­dac­ity and con­fi­dence to make such a re­mark, let alone to the deputy mayor Liz Kelly who is proudly from Ngati Toa.

When did an out­sider look­ing in, who does not un­der­stand the val­ues and tra­di­tional prac­tices of a Maori cul­ture, have a right to speak of Ngati Toa in this con­text? If there is any­one who should be em­bar­rassed it should be Mr Dou­glas.

Se­condly, the com­ment made by Mayor Leggett ‘‘you’re not in­volved, so shut your mouth’’ is also in­cor­rect. I re­mem­ber Mr Leggett only say­ing ‘‘shut your mouth’’ to Ms Kelly and Mr Dou­glas adding ‘‘you’re not in­volved’’ as Ms Kelly protested a point of or­der dur­ing Litea Ah Hoi’s speech.

I thought Porirua City was a white rib­bon city, clearly not if this be­hav­iour is ac­cept­able in our very own coun­cil cham­bers. Fur­ther­more, the Pa­cific com­mu­ni­ties who were present at the coun­cil meet­ing were also not men­tioned in this ar­ti­cle, but played a sig­nif­i­cant role in this meet­ing as well as in the Porirua com­mu­nity as a whole and de­serve to be ac­knowl­edged.

Th­ese com­mu­nity lead­ers were Laumemea Anitele’a Laumemea, Rev Tom Etu­ata and Sam Sa­muels. They did an ex­cel­lent job ex­press­ing sup­port for the Whanau Cen­tre, the new name, staff and board. We stand by our report of the meet­ing – Ed­i­tor.

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