Maori wards not fair, just
So the council is overjoyed that they can now have Maori wards so Maori get equitable representation on the council.
That is not fair or just. It is not democratic.
Gisborne is a multi-cultural society. We now have citizens from over 40 different countries living here and each and every citizen has equal rights. Why should one group claim preference? Give that group preference and you immediately create divisions.
Since the 1970s every New Zealand government has worked with Maori to remedy, apologise and make amends for wrongs of the past. The Treaty settlements are almost completed, so surely it is time now to forgive.
If Maori in Gisborne feel the need for more of them to be on council, all they have to do is put up candidates when elections come around and hope they get a majority vote to win. Just like all candidates do. Simple as that and democratic.
Remember, we are all one. Let’s keep it that way. So please, can someone get a poll organised to overturn the council’s decision.