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