Stop talking and organise a referendum

Len Brown talked big during his campaign about maori representation for Auckland, but now he is in the office he sought, all he is talking about is talking about it.

He can’t even front Maori in Auckland on the issue, instead he went to Porirua to talk to about it.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has given an undertaking to the influential Iwi Leadership Group to talk to the new Auckland Council about dedicated Maori seats on the council. But no quick decisions are expected to be taken.

Mr Brown attended the group’s hui at Takapuwahia Marae in Porirua on Saturday as a guest.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples asked Mr Brown to attend the hui with him.

The request to discuss Maori representation on the council was put by Tainui leader Tukoroirangi Morgan and Ngati Whatua leader Naida Glavish.

Mr Morgan said last night that Mr Brown gave an undertaking to discuss the issue with his new council which has only just been sworn in.

He had said it was a serious issue and it would be discussed comprehensively.

We don’t need a discussion, we need a referendum. Len Brown was elected by a massive majority, this was one of his key policy planks, surely he would want to take it to the people at the ballot box and score another big win?

For the centre-right I believe that they too would want a referendum. A change as massive as implementing comprehensive maori representation, to the exclusion of all other ethnicities, would be something that should be put to the ratepayers of Auckland and not decided by a secret group of liberal elite and Maori?bro-ristocracy.