27 Feb 2010

Maori advised to have faith in Auckland advisory board

8:32 am on 27 February 2010

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples says Auckland Maori should put their faith in the proposed super-city Maori Advisory Board.

Ngati Whatua and Tainui says they will reluctantly join the board, but their preference is still for seats on the full council.

Dr Sharples says he can understand their disappointment, but the board can be made to work to their benefit.

He told Waatea News that Maori may get another chance at getting seats at the top table if a sympathetic mayor is elected.