23 Mar 2009

Call for Ngai Tahu voting system reform

1:50 pm on 23 March 2009

A Ngai Tahu shareholder says instability in the South Island tribe will continue until it reforms its voting system to a one-person-one vote method.

Ngai Tahu shareholder Richard Parata says instability in the South Island tribe will continue until it reforms its voting system to a one-person-one vote method.

Kaiwhakahaere Mark Solomon attended a hui at Rehua Marae in Christchurch on Friday to counter charges of secrecy and mismanagement which have been circulating in the media since the start of the year.

Mr Parata, who is maintaining a website on the tribe's activities, says Mr Solomon has overcome his critics and the tribe needs to move on.

He told Waatea News the tribe's complicated voting system, which allows people to vote at multiple marae for electoral panels which appoint representatives to Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu, has allowed a small group to stir up mischief.

Mr Parata says individuals should be able to place one vote only, at one marae.