More Māori, Pasifika candidates stand for local body elections


This year has seen
a significant increase of Maori and Pacific candidates
standing in local body elections. In Hawke’s Bay, for example, an unprecedented 39 Maori
have thrown their hats in the ring. But as Eruera Rerekura reports, the increase of Maori candidates
has been met with some resistance. Gabriel Tupou is known widely
in his community, however, it appears there
are some people in the community who aren’t ready to accept Mr Tupou. He’s one of several Maori
standing as a candidate for the Hutt City Council. According to Local Government
New Zealand, numbers of Maori councillors
have doubled since 1998. And the desire among Maori voters
has increased to vote for Maori candidates. The choice is yours, go out and vote. Eruera Rerekura, Te Karere.

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