Post by Kiwi Frontline on Oct 28, 2020 9:59:12 GMT 12
Northern Advocate 28/10/20
VOTERS NEED A SAY As our elected Councillors consider whether to change our voting system to introduce Maori wards, since to my knowledge not one campaigned on this issue when they stood for Council, they must seek a mandate from voters before undertaking a constitutional change of this magnitude.
We know from previous polls on this issue, that a majority of the public oppose race-based representation on local councils. That makes it even more important for councillors to obtain a mandate from the public through a council-initiated referendum.
It would be grossly undemocratic to introduce race-based seats on council without the approval of residents and ratepayers. GEOFF PARKER, Whangarei