Wards proposal misguided
London has a population of 8 million, less than half of which is now indigenous British; it even has a Muslim mayor. If London copied the idea of Maori parliamentary seats and reserved seats on London's council for indigenous British, it would be condemned as racist. Yet the salient difference between the London and New Zealand scenarios is only the colour of the indigenous skin.
Now Gisborne District Council has voted unanimously in favour of establishing Maori wards, expanding the concept of the Maori parliamentary seats. In so doing, the council is participating in a popular ideological bias that is now producing insidious racism in local body politics too.
I assume that you will have a poll and I hope you vote against this misguided proposition.
Dr Barrie Davis, Wellington