Te Ao MAori
Fostering democratic Maori representation, reo, and tikanga
Kia ora koutou ngā manuhiri e huihui mai nei. Kei te mihi ki te kaupapa e nau nei i a koutou, te hunga whai i tāku whakaaro ō Te Reo me Te Ao Māori i Te Kaunihera. Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
Māori are part of Auckland's fabric with our chequered two-century history of biculturalism. We have clear obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi, and iwi issues which we need a clear understanding of if we are to move forward. Therefore, Māori representation and a general understanding of the Māori worldview is crucial for us to move forward as a city.
If elected, I will work to:
AdvocatE Democratically-Elected MAori Councillors
Currently, Māori are represented in Council through the appointed Independent Māori Statutary Board. I believe the nature of appointment is an affront to a democratic society; however, acknowledging the importance of tangata whenua representation, I advocate the setting up of Māori seats elected by Māori electors living in Tāmaki Makaurau
The structure I will advocate is based off the previous Royal Commission of Auckland Governance, namely: -
- Māori Councillors in Council with the exact same status as other Councillors
- Three Māori seats - one representing mana whenua (local iwi) and two representing ngā mātā waka (urban Māori)
- Elected by people on the Māori electoral roll
The advantages of bilingualism have been advanced sufficiently. Coupled the national status of Te Reo Māori, it makes sense to support Central Government policy on the language.
In Council, I will encourage bilingualism through: -
- Backing the usage of Te Reo in everyday speech
- Producing bilingual material (e.g. signs) as they get replaced
- Supporting staff members who wish to attend Te Reo Māori community courses
Improve Dissemination of Matauranga Maori
Mātauranga Māori is essentially the collection of knowledge (tikanga, reo, kawa, etc.) through a Māori worldview. In the same way historical groups document our history, Mātauranga Māori groups can provide another perspective to Auckland and Aucklanders.
In Council, I will foster Mātauranga Māori by: -
- Extending Council support to community groups
- Working together with iwi to inform heritage assessments
- Advocating wider access to historical resources within Council