2 Oct 2010

'West' Auckland identity must not be lost - Sharples

6:04 am on 2 October 2010

Tamaki Makaurau MP Pita Sharples says he's sad to see the end of Waitakere City Council.

Waatea News reports the Maori Party co-leader has been immersed in West Auckland's Maori community for more than 30 years, taking on leadership roles at Te Roopu Manutaki Maori Culture Group, Hoani Waititi Marae, Waipareira Trust, kohanga reo and kura kaupapa.

Dr Sharples says it's important the 'west' does not lose its unique identity once it's merged into the super city.

The new Auckland Council comes into being on 1 November. It will cover eight existing councils.