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Grey District Council to consider MoU to acknowledge the importance of Maori

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At its ordinary meeting on 8 April 2019, Grey District Council will be considering a Memorandum of Understanding with Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Waewae, which is aimed at giving greater recognition of the importance of Maori in the Grey District.

The intention of this Memorandum is to confirm reciprocal respect and dignity and will introduce two important measures of acknowledgement, namely:

- As an informal arrangement until the 2022 Triennial Elections, the Chairperson of the RÅ«nanga will attend all Council meetings and will have full participation rights, except the right to vote. Formalising a Maori seat on Council for the 2022 election will be included as part of the next Representation Review, which will take place in late 2020.

- There will be a greater Iwi ‘presence’ in the Greymouth CBD and elsewhere in the District. For example, this may be in the form of Maori icons or a depiction of Maori history.

This Memorandum follows a recent Council decision to enter into discussions with the RÅ«nanga on ways and means to join hands and take our District into the future as one.

An update on the outcome of Council’s discussion will be provided after the meeting.

Tony Kokshoorn Francois Tumahai

Grey District Mayor Chairperson, Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Waewae

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