Re story on Maori wards flyer
Re: ‘Undermining democracy', January 13 story.
Councillor Wharehinga states, “an overwhelming majority of our community gave us feedback that they support the establishment of Maori wards”.
According to a report in The Gisborne Herald on November 24, 2020: “The council received 18 formal submissions representing more than 60 organisations, family trusts, iwi, hapu, marae and kura. The council ran a consultation period from August to November in which 69 percent of the 293 responses said they would like to see Maori wards established.”
This works out at roughly 202 submissions. Is this the “overwhelming reponse” he refers to?
There are close to 35000 voters, in total, according to the electoral commission's website, as at November 2020.