He reo Māori i te Kaunihera ā-rohe o Te Taitokerau
- Māori voices at the Northland Regional Council

Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa acknowledges and supports the Northland Regional Councillors formally introducing Māori representation on the council. From the 2022 local body elections there will be dedicated Māori constituencies and seats on the council.

“This is a great step towards realising our Treaty relationships. It is great for our Te Taitokerau whānau, hapū and iwi as well as Māori and Pākehā in our communities,” says Phillip Murray, CEO of Te Rūnanga o Te Rarawa. The Rūnanga acknowledges the Council on formalising this commitment to tāngata whenua.

The Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations identified Māori representation in local government, and an effective voice for Māori in the decisions of councils, as being among the top ten race relations priorities.

“The recent election results have also delivered the highest representation of Māori MPs (24) across all parties in government. Māori representation at central and local government also reflects the status of Māori as tāngata whenua and recognises Māori as the Treaty partner.”

“The people of Te Rarawa look forward to more discussions and opportunities for partnership in forwarding the social, economic, environmental and cultural development of Te Taitokerau with the Northland Regional Council,” says Phillip Murray.