The people have spoken

We are applauding the decision made by citizens to reject the introduction of Maori ward seats. 

This highly contentious proposal, and if introduced would have established two classes of citizens.

By choosing to reject a future driven by division, the citizens of Manawatu, Palmerston North, Western Bay of Plenty and Whakatane have shown more wisdom than the politicians elected to represent them.

Mayor David Cull, the head of Local Government New Zealand, who has championed the introduction of Maori ward seats, has been sent a clear message.

The councils that attempted to introduce race-based wards without a mandate from their communities now need to work on healing the divisions they have created.