10 Dec 2009

Boycotts urged over Maori seats in Auckland

6:34 am on 10 December 2009

Green MP Keith Locke says a long term strategy will be needed to get dedicated Maori seats on the Auckland super-city council.

Mr Locke, who's been involved in protests since the Vietnam War, says the first step is probably backing candidates at next year's local election who are prepared to introduce such seats.

He told Waatea News a long term a campaign of little and big protests may be needed.

Mr Locke said a good start would be a boycott of what he called "dial-a-Maori" ceremonial functions and the Government's proposed Maori statutory board.