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voted them in. How else can you ex­plain that 75 per cent of coun­cil voted for Ma¯ori wards yet 78 per cent of peo­ple that both­ered to vote on that is­sue were against it! The ma­jor­ity, if not all of the peo­ple that showed up on Satur­day were against chang­ing the by­law, maybe the coun­cil should lis­ten, value this in­put, stop push­ing for the by­law change or risk hav­ing to have another pe­ti­tion forc­ing them to have another em­bar­rass­ing ref­er­en­dum. BERTVANDERLEE

Te Puna on page 3 of the May 24 edi­tion of the Katikati Ad­ver­tiser.

The sen­tence reads: “Re­sults of a bind­ing poll show West­ern Bay elec­tors have voted against Ma¯ori rep­re­sen­ta­tion around the coun­cil ta­ble”. This state­ment is patently un­true. What elec­tors voted against was the con­cept of hav­ing a racially di­vided coun­cil.

Ma¯ori are quite en­ti­tled to stand for reg­u­lar coun­cil seats, and should be en­cour­aged to do so. That is a far cry from in­sti­tu­tion­al­is­ing an ap­atheid-like sys­tem, which is against ev­ery­thing de­cent Ki­wis as­pire to. STANMCDONALD


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