< December 2018 newsletter

Local authority seeks to abandon the basic principle of democracy

Environment Canterbury Regional Council is promoting a Local Bill to Parliament - the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill - which, if passed, would ensure Maori representation on the Council beyond next year’s election. Please click HERE for a link to the bill.

The purpose of the Bill is to enable Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu to appoint up to two members of the Council to represent the interests of Ngai Tahu members. Such a proposal abandons the basic principle of democracy that those who govern be elected to office by those whom they govern. It also introduces a conflict of interest between the commercial interests of the South Island's largest business and protection of the Canterbury environment.

Canterbury local, John Bell is spearheading a campaign against the Bill. If you can assist John, please contact him @ [email protected]

For more information see ‘Ngai Tahu Representation Bill is absurd’, posted on the Hobson’s Pledge website.

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