Sunday, May 26, 2024

David Farrar: Mayors think they should decide, not the public

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More than 50 mayors and regional council chairpersons have penned a letter to the Government, criticising their bill that would require councils to hold referendums on Māori wards established without a local poll.

This is no surprise. Under Labour’s law, the Mayors and Crs would have sole decision making power on whether to introduce race based wards. Under the previous law and now current law, the residents are given the final decision making authority.

So of course Mayors will resent a law change that takes power away from them and gives it to their residents.

David Farrar runs Curia Market Research, a specialist opinion polling and research agency, and the popular Kiwiblog where this article was sourced. He previously worked in the Parliament for eight years, serving two National Party Prime Ministers and three Opposition Leaders.

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