Iwi leaders confront Kaipara mayor over karakia ban

From Midday Report, 12:46 pm on 14 December 2022

Iwi leaders in Kaipara have confronted the mayor in a heated hui, accusing him of racism.

About 400 people gathered in Dargaville to protest against the Kaipara mayor this morning - followed by a meeting.

It comes two weeks after Craig Jepson repeatedly interrupted councillor Pera Paniora when she tried to open a hui with karakia.

He has since permitted karakia on a rotating basis just before meetings but not in them.

Ngāti Wai iwi chair Aperahama Edwards spoke to Māni Dunlop.