The Kia Kotahi Mai coalition campaigning for a “yes” vote in polls about guaranteeing Maori seats on councils has Green Party MP Marama Davidson on side. Davidson was in Palmerston North on Thursday to promote her bid for the party co-leadership, and met advocates for the creation of Maori wards on the city and Manawatu District councils.
Her private members’ bill seeking the abolition of what she called “discriminatory” poll provisions, which had been used by ward opponents in both cases, never made it past its first reading.
Councils had powers to create other sorts of [universal suffrage] wards for election purposes, such as rural or geographical wards, but only [a racist] Maori ward decision could be challenged and most likely overturned by a poll.
. . . most likely overturned by a poll?
Of course, we know why the racists don’t like democracy.
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