June 21, 2019, 3:33 p.m.
Tai Tokerau Māori will be gathering in Waitangi to strengthen Māori engagement in local government processes. Known as the Tai Tokerau Māori in Local Government symposium, this hui is being held at the Copthorne Waitangi, Waitaha Centre on Thursday 27th June 2019 and kicks off at 9am.
The Minister of Local Government, Nanaia Mahuta, will give the opening address and other keynote speeches will be interspersed with interactive Q & A sessions with the audience. The event will provide practical and timely guidance on pathways for becoming involved in the run up to the upcoming local body elections here in Tai Tokerau in October 2019.
The Symposium will address three key themes:
1. Encouraging Tai Tokerau Māori to vote 2. Encouraging Tai Tokerau Māori to stand in local body elections 3. Exploring models of representation for Māori in local government to gain shared experiences and successes from other regions and pathways for systemic change