On Tuesday 03 November, the Minister of Local Government Nanaia Mahuta confirmed that changing the law that enables people to block Māori wards from being established is one of her top priorities.
Although we are unsure of the level of priority this kaupapa has for the rest of Cabinet, the process for actually changing the law is likely to take at least a year, and opposition forces will still try and stop Māori wards from being established in New Plymouth and here in Tauranga in the meantime.
Fortunately, there is a plan.
ActionStation, with the support of their community partners, have committed to:
What can you do?
We are close to changing this outdated and discriminatory law and with a big push right now we can take this kaupapa over the try line, together.
Sign the petition
Share the petition on Facebook
Show your support for Māori wards on Twitter
Write a letter to your local newspaper
Will you do one, or all of these things to show your support for this important kaupapa?
Here’s to more Māori representation everywhere!
A PDF version of the presentation delivered by Ngāti Ranginui Iwi Society CEO, Mel Tata – is available for download below.