Voters can still have ward poll
Taranaki regional councillors have voted against establishing a Ma¯ ori ward at the next local body elections but left open the opportunity for a public poll on the matter if more than five per cent of electors demand it.
In August the council introduced six permanently appointed iwi representatives to council standing committees in accordance with Treaty of Waitangi settlements with three iwi, Nga¯ ruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki.
There was also opportunities for consultation between Ma¯ori and council staff, the meeting heard on Tuesday.
Te Ka¯hui o Taranaki chief executive Wharehoka Wano said eight Taranaki iwi were fully involved in the appointment of the six iwi members on the regional council committees.
‘‘We are pleased that these appointees are able to speak on behalf of tangata whenua here in Taranaki,’’ he said.
Taranaki Regional Council had voted three times in the lead up to local elections in 2003, 2005 and 2011 not to have a Ma¯ ori constituency.
Long serving regional councillor Tom Cloke said the issue had been discussed fully on the previous occasions and public polls had shown there was not a high demand to have separate Ma¯ ori wards introduced.
A poll in 2015 undertaken by the New Plymouth District Council showed 17 per cent supported Ma¯ ori constituencies being established, and 83 per cent were against it. The poll attracted 25,338 votes, or 45 per cent of eligible electors.
Taranaki Regional councillor Donald McIntyre said another poll may produce similar results.
‘‘It may not be money well invested to have another poll,’’ he said.
The regional council is bound by the Local Electoral Act, as part of the representation review, to consider whether to establish Ma¯ori constituencies two years out from the next local body elections. Another Normanby boy has laid down his life for his King and Country. Private John Frei, second son of the late Mr and Mrs E Frei was killed in action during the recent severe fighting in France. The deceased soldier was born and educated in Normanby and was a fine stamp of colonial.
At the Movies: Opera House – In the Trenches (Gallipoli, Messines and Ypres).
A farewell social was held for Privates McCracken, Barr and Davidson at the Kapuni Hall.
Mr A H Arthur received word that his son Second Lieutenant N A Arthur went away with the main body and after staff service in Egypt went to France and shortly afterwards was transferred to the Royal Flying Corps, is in the Mentham Hospital near Monte Carlo.
Private Thomas O’Reilly, who was in his employment as barman, has been killed in action.
General Allenby reported that the Turks attempted to take up a new position 12 miles northward of Escalon were driven back after severe fighting five miles to the Wadi Surar eight miles southward of Jaffa.
Wanted casual cheese makers, wages £3 per week. Apply Oaonui Co-op Dairy Company.
Potatoes were selling for 4s 6d a sack.
The famous Harley Davidson,
‘‘Another poll may produce similar results.’’
consistently proved to be above all others in power and comfort, was available for sale at A F Cole, Agent, Hawera
Rugby: The All Blacks beat England 23-11 at Twickenham.
Geoffrey Forman, Hawera Intermediate School, won the grand champion award with his calf at the annual calf day at the Kaponga Domain.
Rex Ansley scored a hole-in-one at the Opunake Golf Club’s 27-hole open day. Rex’s ace came at the 153 yard 8th hole using a three iron into a stiff breeze.
Wedding Bells: Beverley Joy Caldwell (Hawera) married Kevin Walk, Don’t Run.
Bill Mail (Normanby) was made a life member of Lions International.
Dalvanius put out a new single and cassette, to be released before Christmas.
Hawera’s No. 47 squadron ATC held a bush camp on Ian Hooper’s property at Oeo Road.
Hawera Park Women’s Bowling Champs Pairs were Joan Jenkins (skip) and Vera Glass (lead). Runnerups were Janet Gilbert (skip) and Mae Drake (lead).
New Arrivals: Sarah Michelle Davey second child of Michelle and Graeme Davey of Okaiawa; Adrian Joseph Dexter Caleb Whareaitu first child of Nina and Richard Whareaitu of Hawera; Teresa and Laurence Martin of Manaia were the proud parents of Emma; Kirsty Marcia Rolls is the new arrival of Susan and Bruce Rolls of Kaponga.
A Harley Davidson was available to Hawera customers in 1917.