which will hold referendum
Former National Party leader Don Brash is facing backlash over his stance on Māori wards after he attended a meeting in Tauranga to say they should be abolished.
He was speaking at an event today set up after Tauranga City Council voted to establish Māori wards next year.
"To my mind, having Māori wards — which would create wards where Māori only could vote — is a bad step,” he said.
Protestors holding placards and singing in protest argued with Brash as he backed those opposed to one in Tauranga.