Maori seats? Who cares eh? If democratic process is ignored to override the Maori, who cares? But what if it’s some nice Pakeha?
The Government is going to slice Rodney council in two. The North half goes to Kaipara. The other half goes into the Supercity.
The people of Rodney overwhelmingly don’t want to be in the Supercity. They don’t want to be lumped in with the underfunded Kaipara Council, which doesn’t want them and can’t afford them. The people of Rodney certainly don’t want to be carved up and split between the two. They just want to be left alone.
Hide says it will be up to the select committee to decide on the boundaries of the Supercity (just like it was up to the select committee to decide on the Maori seats, eh?). At the same time, Key says for “all intents and purposes” Cabinet has decided the boundaries of the Supercity, he won’t say what they are. His reaction to the fact that Rodney doesn’t want him screwing around with their local government? “We listened to the submissions. That does not mean we have to agree with them”. One’s lying, the other’s dissembling and keeping secrets.
The will of the people clearly doesn’t matter. Gotta love this transparent and open Tory government that listens to the people.