Nāu te rourou, nāku te rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive
We are a community of people that value fairness and inclusion. We want our cities and towns to be vibrant and flourishing democracies where everybody participates, and our children and grandchildren can see themselves reflected in the leaders we elect.
We believe the more people participate in local government, the more council decisions and actions will achieve positive outcomes for all of us - everyday people and the land we love - both now and for the future.
Sadly, we are being held back from this vision because Māori are under-represented in local government and they have been for a long time.
One way to rebalance this and increase Māori representation is to establish Māori wards.
These are a bit like the Māori seats in Parliament, but for local government. They establish areas where those who choose to go on the Māori electoral roll can vote for councillors to represent them.
Unfortunately, Don Brash, Hobson’s Pledge and a handful of anonymous backers are using fear and the politics of the past to put up barriers to democratic participation for Māori.
They are trying to stop Māori wards from being established in Kaikōura, Whakatāne, Western Bay of Plenty, Manawatū and Palmerston North.
Here's where you come in:
In April and May, voters in Kaikōura, Whakatāne, Western Bay of Plenty, Manawatū and Palmerston North will receive a form in the mail asking you to decide if your local council should increase Māori representation.
We’d love it if you would join us in voting yes.
Together, we can create an inclusive community where we all have a voice, and everyone is involved in making good decisions together about our shared future.