'Not Your Worship' - New Mayor Changing Council

Oct. 20, 2022, 8:12 p.m.

Following a tense week of waiting for the final results, Moko Tepania was finally announced as the new Mayor of the Far North District. Despite saying that he was calm during that week, the historic welcome held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for the newly elected Councillors saw the emotions finally catch up with him. Confronted with the entire school, the kura kaupapa teacher said it brought tears to his eyes, seeing and feeling the love and support from his students and community.

During his first term, Tepania brought significant changes to the Council, most notably the introduction of the Māori ward and the increased use of te reo Māori in Council reports and meetings.

Tepania says, "The one thing I want to change is the culture of council because for too long councils and bureaucracy have been doing things one way and I think the change that's needed in our institutions is actually a culture that is open and accepting towards change itself."

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