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Iwi voice heard loud and clear as Hamilton City Council reopens the door to Maaori wards
The tables have turned at a Hamilton City Council special hui today where Council voted to revoke their earlier decision (1 April) to turn down the option for Maaori wards at the next local govt. elections. Today’s vote will instead see Council begin a community engagement programme kicking off aapoopoo (16 April), running until 10 May.
Community views will be provided to Councillors, with a final decision set to be made on 19 May. If Maaori wards are confirmed, there’s likely to be two Maaori wards in place for Kirikiriroa in time for the 2022 elections.
Te Arataura Chair, Linda Te Aho, did us all proud today with this oral submission. Linda was one of many hau kaainga and mana whenua submitters who spoke passionately and articulately on our behalf, and had this to say…