On Wed, 24 Feb 2021 13:40:34 -0800 (PST), James Christophers
Post by James Christophers Post by Crash
Interesting numbers on the number of Maori electorate to local
Has your local council told you clearly and exactly why they, as a consensual, democratic body (not Mahuta), **want** a maori ward and why **you personally** cannot do without it? ("council want" will not have escaped your notice.)
Because, to me, your (any) council's core function and duty is to represent the entire community it serves without regard to any special interest group, sub-section or race **per se**. But it seems to me that, whichever way the argument is shaped, race as the core rationale is exactly what Mahuta's forced "urgency" to legislate is all about. Or am I wrong? Anybody?
Perception is all and never more so than in politics. Where any sense or suspicion of "enforced" separatism on any supposedly "ratonalised" basis colours, distorts and misrepresents the political ethos and agenda, the insidious "thin end of the wedge" perception will surely prevail despite all attempts to prevent it doing so. Logic, reason and supportive goodwill fly out the window. Mistrust, suspicion and social division take their place before you can say "knife". Emotion and recalcitrance - even paranoia - are supremely primal instincts that shall not be denied.
So, when it comes to parliamentary "urgency" to legislate on this matter, I'd have thought such a determinedly forceful in-yer-face approach grievously ill-advised. It smacks of government kow-towing to a determinedly doughty Minister-cum-Special-Interests-Advocate with her own personal agenda to impose laws and policies that I fear can only end in tears.
This is **exactly** what happened and is still happening, and with a vengeance - and how! - in South Africa after Mandela died in late 2013.
The justification of Maori Wards was to replicate fixed seats for
Maori in Parliament to fixed seats on the governance of local bodies.
All local bodies can review how the community they serve gets to elect
those that make the decisions. Most have opted for a ward system, and
many are now creating new Maori-only wards All of this is based on a
premise that as a small minority, Maori are locked out of fair
representation. As DPF has pointed out this is not the case overall.
Recent Government actions have seen the right of electors to reject
Ward changes proposed by a local body, withdrawn in the case of
establishment of Maori wards.