Palmerston North City Council

 

Minutes of the Extraordinary Council Meeting Part I Public, held in the Council Chamber, First Floor, Civic Administration Building, 32 The Square, Palmerston North on 02 October 2017, commencing at 2.00pm

Members

Present:

Councillor Tangi Utikere (in the Chair) and Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Adrian Broad, Vaughan Dennison, Lew Findlay QSM, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Lorna Johnson, Duncan McCann, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas and Aleisha Rutherford.

Apologies:

The Mayor (Grant Smith) (Council Business) and Councillor Gabrielle Bundy-Cooke.

 

148-17

Apologies

 

Moved Tangi Utikere, seconded Vaughan Dennison.

RESOLVED

1.      That Council receive the apologies.

 

Clause 148-17 above was carried 14 votes to 0, the voting being as follows:

For:

Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Adrian Broad, Vaughan Dennison, Lew Findlay QSM, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Lorna Johnson, Duncan McCann, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas, Aleisha Rutherford and Tangi Utikere.

 

149-17

Submissions from the Maori Ward Consultation

 

The following people appeared before Council and made oral statements in support of their submissions and replied to questions from Elected Members.

 

Ruth Jackson (5)

Ms Jackson spoke to her submission and made no additional comments.

 

Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective (28)

Representing the Palmerston North Women’s Health Collective, Ms Jean Hera and Ms Georgia Crawford spoke and made the following additional comments:

 

-          Having Maori ward/s is a very important development for Council.

 

-          They are confused as to why the city does not already have Maori representation, especially since we have it in national politics.

 

-          People on the Maori role should also be able to vote for people in the general ward/s.

 

Martin Sullivan (30)

Mr Sullivan spoke to his submission and made the following additional comments:

 

-          The City Council should be bound the same way as the government.

 

-          Maori should be involved in the governance of the city.

 

-          Maori need to take part in decision making.

 

Mr Peter Wheeler (38)

Mr Wheeler  spoke to his submission and made the following additional comments:

 

-          The electoral system is designed to ensure that the minority are not able to win.

 

-          Majority of people who are opposed have not come to speak on behalf of their submissions.

 

Mr Joe Erkens (50)

Mr Erkens spoke to his submission and made the following additional comment:

 

-          Anyone can be elected to Council or stand for Council, this is the correct way.

 

Dr Fred Hirst (53)

Dr Hirst spoke to his submission with a PowerPoint presentation and made no additional comments.

 

Mr Don Esslemont (58)

Mr Esslemont spoke to his submission and also represented Hobson’s Pledge and made the following additional comments:

 

-          This is not a moral position, it is not moral to treat people differently.

 

-          This is not a practical way of involving Maori.

 

-          This approach is similar to Nazi Germany and apartheid South Africa .

 

Ms Tina Smith (65)

Ms Smith spoke to her submission and made the following additional comments:

 

-          Believes that the Treaty of Waitangi needs to be honoured. It is a contract and you need to value contracts.

 

-          Maori agreed to share New Zealand, this meant that they did not agree to be cut out of decision making.

 

-          It’s all about participation. Maori need to sit at the table where decisions are made. Maori have a right to be fairly represented.

 

Mrs Steph Hirst (66)

Mrs Hirst spoke to her submission and made the following additional comments:

 

-          Maori has lost a lot since colonisation.

 

-          A lot of New Zealanders are unaware of New Zealand history.

 

-          This consultation is about addressing unfairness and inequality.

 

Rangitane o Manawatu (67)

Representing Rangitane o Manawatu, Mr Wiremu Kingi Te Awe Awe spoke and made the following additional comments:

 

-          Encouraged by the amount of support for Maori ward/s from non-Maori.

 

-          Still need to have an arrangement with Rangitane. There is a difference between iwi and Maori representation.

 

-          Council could still look at a standing committee for Maori representation.

 

Public Service Association (69)

Representing the Public Service Association, Mr Kevin Bunker and Mr John Sheenan spoke and made the following additional comments:

 

-          Commend the Council for starting this conversation.

 

-          A large amount of the opposed submissions are from individuals, however a large number who support the proposal are from organisations.

 

-          Achieving this broad outcome will strengthen Maori participation and not lessen it.

 

-          The Public Service Association does not seem that having a Maori ward/s would bring out special privileges to Maori. One person, one vote.

 

Mr Selwyn Brown (47)

Mr Brown spoke to his submission and made the following additional comments:

 

-   Pointed out that the small number of verbal presentations against the             introduction of Maori wards could be attributed to the meeting being             held during work hours as a lot of people against the proposal were             working.

 

-          There was a very small percentage of submission from an electoral population which shows that the majority of citizens were not aware of the proposal.

 

-          It is important to have a Maori voice on the Council, but they should stand for election under the existing system.           

 

 

Moved Tangi Utikere, seconded Aleisha Rutherford.

RESOLVED

1.   That the oral and written submissions on the Māori Ward Consultation be received.

2.   That the Procedures for Hearing of Submissions, as described in the Procedure Sheet as attached be noted.

 

Clause 149-17 above was carried 14 votes to 0, the voting being as follows:

For:

Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Adrian Broad, Vaughan Dennison, Lew Findlay QSM, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Lorna Johnson, Duncan McCann, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas, Aleisha Rutherford and Tangi Utikere.

          

Exclusion of Public

150-17

Recommendation to Exclude Public

 

Moved Tangi Utikere, seconded Rachel Bowen.

RESOLVED

“That the public be excluded from the following parts of the proceedings of this meeting listed in the table below.

The general subject of each matter to be considered while the public is excluded, the reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter, and the specific grounds under Section 48(1) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 for the passing of this resolution are as follows:

 

General subject of each matter to be considered

Reason for passing this resolution in relation to each matter

Ground(s) under Section 48(1) for passing this resolution

1.

Request for Further Funding

Negotiations

s7(2)(i)

 

This resolution is made in reliance on Section 48(1)(a) of the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987 and the particular interest or interests protected by Section 6 or Section 7 of that Act which would be prejudiced by the holding of the whole or the relevant part of the proceedings of the meeting in public as stated in the above table.

Also that the persons listed below be permitted to remain after the public has been excluded for the reasons stated.

Chief Executive (Heather Shotter), Chief Financial Officer (Grant Elliott), General Manager, City Enterprises (Ray McIndoe), General Manager, City Future (Sheryl Bryant), General Manager, City Networks (Ray Swadel), General Manager, Customer Services (Peter Eathorne), General Manager, Libraries and Community Services (Debbie Duncan), Human Resources Manager (Wayne Wilson) and Communications and Marketing Manager (or their representative (name)) because of their knowledge and ability to provide the meeting with advice on matters both from an organisation-wide context (being members of the Council’s Management Team) and also from their specific role within the Council.

Legal Counsel (John Annabell), because of his knowledge and ability to provide the meeting with legal and procedural advice.

Governance and Support Team Leader (Kyle Whitfield) and Committee Administrators (Penny Odell, Carly Chang and Rachel Corser), because of their knowledge and ability to provide the meeting with procedural advice and record the proceedings of the meeting.

 

Clause 150-17 above was carried 14 votes to 0, the voting being as follows:

For:

Councillors Brent Barrett, Susan Baty, Rachel Bowen, Adrian Broad, Vaughan Dennison, Lew Findlay QSM, Leonie Hapeta, Jim Jefferies, Lorna Johnson, Duncan McCann, Karen Naylor, Bruno Petrenas, Aleisha Rutherford and Tangi Utikere.

 

The public part of the meeting finished at 4.06pm

 

Confirmed 24 October 2017

 

 

 

Mayor