Ego trip

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

In spite of the over­whelm­ing re­sults in the Ma¯ori wards ref­er­en­dum from the peo­ple he has been cho­sen to rep­re­sent, 78 per cent against them, the mayor, Garry Web­ber, has cho­sen a rep­re­hen­si­ble path to achieve his per­sonal wish and give pow­ers in de­ci­sion-mak­ing to un­elected Ma¯ori by cre­at­ing new com­mit­tees for them. Is that the of­fice for which he was elected?

Mr Web­ber, what do you see as the re­quire­ments of your of­fice? To carry out your may­oral du­ties to sat­isfy the will of the con­stituents who ap­pointed you, and who ex­pressed their wishes com­pre­hen­sively in the poll on Ma¯ori wards?

Or is it to grat­ify your ego by car­ry­ing out a per­sonal agenda and to ap­point un­elected Ma¯ori to ad­vi­sory po­si­tions on new com­mit­tees? BRYAN JOHNSON


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