More Maori rights?

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from New Zealand

© PressReader. All rights reserved.