19 Jan 2015

Maori board to fight selection judgement

5:58 am on 19 January 2015

A selection body for Auckland's Independent Maori Statutory Board has lodged an appeal against a judge's order that it must undertake a re-selection process.

Broadcaster Willie Jackson applied for a judicial review in 2013 after he was not chosen as one of the board's two urban members. They are selected by mana whenua (local Maori).

Willie Jackson

Willie Jackson Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Mr Jackson believed one of the Mataawaka representatives, Tony Kake, was chosen unreasonably and said the selection process was flawed.

In November last year, Justice Duffy ordered the selection body to set aside Tony Kake and begin a re-selection process.

But in December, the body lodged an appeal against the judgement and has applied for a stay of proceedings for Mr Kake's position.

Mr Jackson's lawyer said he would be opposing the appeal.

Selection body chair Tame Te Rangi said it would not be commenting on the matter as it was before the courts.

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