30 Apr 2013

Mayor believes single council would benefit Maori

6:38 am on 30 April 2013

Carterton Mayor Ron Mark says local Maori would benefit from a proposal to form a stand-alone council for the Wairarapa and cut ties with Wellington.

The three Wairarapa mayors have suggested combining the councils to become a single governing authority.

Ngati Kahungunu Ki Wairarapa Tamaki Nui A Rua settlement trust chair Ian Perry said Maori in the region are unanimous in their support for a single council.

Mr Mark agreed, saying the proposal would give iwi in the area a greater say in decisions affecting them.

He said the vast majority of Maori in the area want to retain their tino rangatiratanga, or self- determination.