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This has been a tumultuous week in local government with the resignation of Cr Christina Humphreys who represented the Katikati - Waihi Beach Ward at WBOPDC. With the ongoing issues at TCC which saw multiple resignations by Mayor Tenby Powell, Jako Abrie and Heidi Hughes in 2020 and the soon to be confirmed ministerial appointment of commissioners to bring the council entity back to a high functioning capacity, it is yet another catalyst at local government level which will now give rise to a by-election process for the vacant ward.

Standard and Poors have accordingly now downgraded the credit rating of TCC by one notch due to a lack of confidence in their governance capabilities and performance and it also hints to the failure of previous local government to make decisions taking regional growth into consideration, visit: www.interest.co.nz/bonds/108619/following-serious-governance-issues-tauranga-city-council-and-appointment-crown

We also observed a community meeting led by Don Brash apparently endorsing democracy whilst simultaneously promoting a petition engineered to undermine the rights of Māori to lobby for representation through Māori wards. This in the same week that the National Party announced that they would be standing candidates in the Māori seats which they have perennially campaigned to abolish.

This was all followed by an announcement on Monday from Minister Mahuta that government would make changes to legislation to uphold the rights of Māori and ensure an equitable process of representation at the local body level.

Finally, it is the week in which Waitangi Day is commemorated and we acknowledge the foundation of our nationhood in all its glory, the good, the bad and the ugly. It is evident that we still have a long way to go.

Angie Warren-Clark
Labour MP