More Maori rights?
The people of New Plymouth who gave their city council the courage to support the establishment of a standalone Maori ward deserve our congratulations.
Ever since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Pakeha politicians in local and central government have shied away from the most important feature of the treaty.
That is the recognition of the sovereignty of the Maori and their right to governance in their own right.
Porirua City Council has gone so far as having a Maori adviser and an advisory committee.
When the decisions are being made, the political power lies with the elected council, where most councillors are Pakeha.
Those of us who are Pakeha have made a hash of our harbour.
It is now urgent for the harbour’s health that we admit that the citizens of Porirua and the regional council have allowed these two bodies to create smokescreens made up of numerous reports, while the harbour is visibly on the road to becoming a contaminated sludge pond.
The Pakeha developers and the Pakeha mega-companies behind Transmission Gully must be controlled.
We must request the Maori leaders of the iwi who make up most of the Maori citizens seriously and urgently ask their people if they are ready to become the Maori ward for Porirua and to be the ward responsible for the governance of the harbour.