Local Cantabrian John Bell has decided to challenge Environment Canterbury's decision to support a Parliamentary Bill that empowers Ngai Tahu to appoint two representatives with voting rights on to our Regional Council... whatever you want to say!
if you support democracy .....please sign John's petition
Petition to the Canterbury Regional Council:
Re. Ngai Tahu Representation Bill
To: the Acting Chief Executive of the Canterbury Regional Council:
We, the undersigned, strongly believe that the provisions of the Ngai Tahu Representation Bill constitute a gross infringement of the essential principle of democracy that authority to govern be exercised only by the elected representatives of those who are governed. Accordingly, in the interests of returning to full democracy in the election of the Canterbury Regional Council, we petition the Regional Council to cancel its promotion of this Bill.
Note: In addition to the 14 elected councillors, this Bill would empower Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu to appoint 2 further members to the regional council who would have the same status as elected members for all purposes
At the end of October, the Canterbury Regional Council published a notification in local newspapers announcing the "Ngai Tahu Representation Bill" to be sponsored in the House by Rino Tirikatene.
The Bill, The Canterbury Regional Council (Ngai Tahu Representation) Bill empowers Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu (TRoNT) to appoint up to two representatives, with full voting rights, on the Council. These representatives will be in addition to the existing 14 elected members elected after the 2019 election.Read more
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The Acting Chief Executive
Canterbury Regional Council
Dear Mr McConway
Re: CRC Ngai Tahu Representation Bill
I write to express my opposition to this Bill as notified in the ODT on 31 October 2018. The Bill’s objects, as advised, appear to render the intent of the Bill unnecessary, discriminatory and hence in breach of Human Rights legislation.Read more
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