10 Jul 2009

More marae hearings backed by MP

7:06 am on 10 July 2009

The chair of a special Parliamentary committee says holding hearings on marae has revealed a range of opinions which may not have been heard through conventional processes.

Waatea News reports the subcommittee of the Auckland Governance Select Committee sat on Thursday at Te Puea Marae in Mangere.

National MP Tau Henare says the marae setting allows people to feel comfortable and encourages opinions on the type of Maori input wanted for the Auckland super-city council.

He says he will recommend that future select committees consider the option of marae sittings.

The last hui is on Friday at Hoani Waititi marae in west Auckland.