2 Dec 2020

Hawke's Bay Regional Council boss stands Māori ward decision

From Morning Report, 8:42 am on 2 December 2020

The Hawke's Bay Regional Council chair says "bring it on"  after hearing talk of councillors investigating a motion of no confidence in his leadership.

In a contentious result, councillors voted to hold off introducing Māori wards for the next election, citing a lack of public consultation.

At the last council meeting, members of the public yelled abuse at councillors, such as "racist", sellout" and "kūpapa" a Māori word for traitor.

Chairman Rex Graham voted FOR introducing Māori wards and admits the outcome has created unhappiness among local Māori.

RNZ understands some councillors have lost their trust in Graham's leadership after the process left the community divided.

Graham spoke to reporter Tom Kitchin.