3 Oct 2013

Chairman suggests Maori board method be adopted nationwide

7:28 pm on 3 October 2013

Chairman of the Independent Maori Statutory Board in Auckland suggests other places could adopt a similar method for better Maori representation in local bodies.

The board was established in 2010 to provide advice to the Auckland Council on issues that affect tangata whenua, instead of creating Maori seats.

Its members consult directly with Maori groups and sit and vote in council committees.

Board chairman David Taipari says the nature of Maori is such that they would rather be seen contributing from their tribal base or Maori organisation, than as individuals in a council.

He says the board enables that to happen and is a very successful model that is worthy of adoption around the country.