Andrew Judd just does not get it. The New Plymouth Mayor had to "go for a drive" and a bush walk to "internalise" the results of a local referendum that had 83% vote against the creation of a separate Maori Ward in the District.
What Mr Judd does not get is that as an elected representative he was elected to represent people - to be a voice of the people. He was not elected to impose his own views on the community. The problem Mr Judd has in particular is that there is a canyon like divide between his views are those of the community.
What makes matters worse for the Mayor is he did not express his views about Maori representation to the electorate before being elected. He therefore cannot claim any mandate whatsoever to advocate the separatist democracy he is now so doggedly promoting.
It seems he is not going to let the matter rest.
The Taranaki Daily News reports; "Although this option was defeated, I am not defeated," he said. Judd, who still plans to stand for re-election in 2016, said he would now lodge a complaint against the Crown about the legislation he believed victimised Maori and was stuck in the 1840s... Judd said he was already in consultation with the United Nations and was formulating the official complaint against the New Zealand Government as an individual and not as his capacity as New Plymouth's mayor. "
For the sake of the New Plymouth district he should not stand again for election.
Better still, he should accept that fact now, and resign.