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Heritage 2.0

In Sept 2015 a councillor said during the public council meeting that if ‘you give Māori an inch then they’ll take a mile’. Ironic, given that’s exactly how Māori lost our land but I digress. Imagine the uproar if I had said that about women? Or about pakeha? As a councillor. In a council meeting! ...

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What’s going on in Council – July 18

There are no council meetings this week, however next week Local Government New Zealand are having their AGM which has prompted me to touch on something we discussed at the last council meeting. That is the remit process. Remits are a way for councils to gain support from the wider council body to do a ...

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What’s going on in Council – June 18

This week in council we are adopting the long term plan, setting rates, appointing some commissioners, receiving LGNZ correspondence amongst other things. The paper I wanted to focus on this week is in relation to water security and river quality. Water is the future, which is why I am for further protection of the Waingake ...

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What’s going on in Council – May 18 (response)

My ‘What’s going on in Council – May 18’ column caused a massive stir amongst readers regarding cost blow outs, the quality of voice across the district and powers. This is my reply to those readers. These are fair comments and ones already echoed around the council table. Forgive me, but my column is limited ...

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What’s going on in Council – May 18

Last week in council we spent the week in hearings, listening to the community about our priorities. We heard submissions on sports parks, rates and roads but I would like to focus on the Representation Review. On Thursday council voted to change the make up of councillors in the next election. In a nutshell, council ...

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GDC newsletter piece – May 18

Recently council voted to change the make up of councillors in the next election. We voted to reduce the numbers of councillors from thirteen to nine. The mayor would bring the number of our council to ten. We added three community boards; one in the East, one in the West and one in the city. ...

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What’s going on in Council – Apr 18

There were many great things that happened here over the weekend. Congratulations to Rangataua o Aotearoa on the success of their event, Te Ihi a Tū, on Saturday night. The event was run well and everything handled with seriousness and care. I’d like to acknowledge the whānau from Mangatū for their exhibition on Friday, titled ...

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I am Waru. I am the abused.

Waru Reflections. DISCLAIMER: If you haven’t seen Waru then I suggest you don’t read any further, because this does contain spoilers! In part one, I am Mihi, I refer to myself as broken and fractured. This piece of writing is about how those fractures started and took root. I want to dedicate this to those ...

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