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Bring out the aunties

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There has been a lot of talk about Maori seats lately so we have decided to look at what this means exactly.

Firstly, it’s important to note that we are not talking about an intricately carved chair made out of totara. We are talking about a special ward to represent the interests of Maori.

Now, the Tauranga City Council doesn’t agree on many things and it is also far from unanimous on this issue. However, enough councillors have decided there are too many pakehas and not enough Maoris so they want to change that.

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The upshot of all this is that a new Maori ward will be created, unless five percent of 40.3 per cent of voters (the turn-out at the last election) decide they want a public vote on it. That’s about 2000 signatures on a petition, so it’s not that challenging.

You may have noticed that some weird numbers are starting to creep into the discussion but this is democracy and you can’t have democracy without numbers. It’s undemocratic.

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