We collaborated for better Māori representation in local government

Our crew at the Māori wards petition handover

Earlier this month, we had the pleasure of working with Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori to deliver our combined petition in support of better Māori representation in local government.  

It was a stunning event. We opened with a karakia and closed with the well-known 'Tūtira Mai Ngā Iwi' waiata. Toni Boynton from Te Rōpū Tautoko Māori did a karanga as she delivered our two petitions in a kete. MPs from Labour, Māori and the Greens were all there to show their support. Whānau travelled from Taranaki, Rotorua and Whakatāne to be there on the day. Students from kura kaupapa also came along. 

Together, with our community partners, we:

When Tāmati Coffey received our petition he said that when it comes to changing the law that allows Māori voice to be blocked in local government, “it is not a matter of if, but when.” 

This is wonderful news, and we’re grateful to everyone who signed a petition, donated to the campaign or volunteered their time.