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MoU between Grey District Council and Ngati Waewae confirmed

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At their meeting on 8 April 2019, Grey District Council confirmed the Memorandum of Understanding between Council and Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Waewae, paving the way for greater acknowledgement of the important role of Māori in our District, both historically and into the future.

The Memorandum will be officially signed at the Council meeting on 13 May 2019, at which time the Rūnanga Chairperson, Mr Francois Tumahai, will take a seat at the Council table as part of an informal arrangement pending formalisation at the next Electoral Representation Review. Council will also work with the Rūnanga to see how Iwi history and presence can be visually represented better in the District, notably in the CBD.

Mayor Tony Kokshoorn said this is a positive decision on the part of Council and a significant step in the history of the District. He said "It is a NZ Constitutional reality which has never before been acknowledged. I feel privileged to be part of it."

Mr Tumahai thanked Council for the initiative taken. "Māwhera/Greymouth and the wider Grey District hold particular significance for Ngāti Waewae and I welcome the opportunity to be part of Council and its decision-making," he said.

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