Iwi Document Reasons Behind the ‘No’ Vote On Maori Wards

In what must be seen as an historic move, two Iwi have documented their reasons for opposing a ‘Yes’ vote on Maori wards on the Kāpiti Coast District Council — at least at the present time, Jeremy Smith reports.

Below is the signed document from Ngati Toa.

As well as Ngati Toa, Te Atiawa ki Whakarongotai provided a signed document to back up its case ( see below) .

In fact the three Iwi partners in the ‘ART” confederation — Nga Hapu o Otaki for Raukawa, Ngati Toa Rangitira and Ti Ati Awa Ki Whakarongotai — all said they wanted no change for the moment. But it’s important to note they are not opposed in principle to a Maori ward.

And they do want discussions after the 2022 local elections.

The Te Atiawa signed statement is pictured below.

As a result of the Iwi advice, Kāpiti councillors reaffirmed their earlier vote ( October 29 , 2020 ) against Maori wards, reports Jeremy Smith.

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