A new draft document that lays out a bold strategy for the Hamilton City Council to engage and substantially strengthen its relationship with Māori has been given an enthusiastic thumbs-up by the city’s politicians.
And arguably the most enthusiastic is mayor Paula Southgate, who has hailed He Pou Manawa Ora - Pillars of Wellbeing as “a starting point for the courageous conversations that we have been saying we need to have for some time”.
However not all the councillors at Tuesday’s sitting of the council’s community committee are predicting an entirely positive response from the public to the new document, with Cr Ewan Wilson foreseeing “significant controversy” from some quarters.
The history of Māori in Kirikiriroa/Hamilton has been recently thrust into the spotlight with the sudden disinterment of the Captain Hamilton statue in Civic Square, right outside the council’s offices.
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