Oct. 10, 2019, 1:31 p.m.
Representation for Māori around the Northland region’s council tables could be about to get a huge boost if at least some of the record number of Māori candidates in the running for this year’s elections get voted in.
The lack of engagement by local government with Māori and iwi has always been an issue and the centre of Treaty claims in the past. With land as central to a Māori identity, local government decisions about land use have continued to fail the expectations of tangata whenua. Having Māori at the decision-making table could make all the difference.
To be counted, all completed voting documents must be in the hands of the electoral officer or an electoral official by noon Saturday 12 October 2019. If you hadn’t posted your voting papers can be dropped off to Council’s Kaitaia, Kerikeri and Kaikohe offices.