cartoonBroadcaster Willie Jackson is taking legal action after failing to secure one of two urban Maori positions on the Independent Maori Statutory Board, whose members are paid about $53,000 a year and who provide advice to Auckland Council on Maori issues.

Mr Jackson is asking the court to rule Mr Kake’s appointment invalid. He wants the selection body to reconsider, or Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples to make a new appointment.

A perfect example of why such race-based appointments are danger fraught and simply an obvious grab for an over-paid sinecure doing nothing useful. Any person not elected in a democratic process cannot sue those who failed to elect them.

Yet another reason why privileged positions based on race are wrong and why they will be made defunct by any government that seeks a conditional, specific-term, confidence and supply agreement with 1Law4All.