Northern News : August 22nd 2012
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LONG LASTING COLOUR INSIDE AND OUT Moves for unitary authority gaining momentum FROM Page 1 is only a $25 million business, we d only be taking half of that back," Mr Brown says. He says he asks audiences: Who wants to be governed by Whangarei? "Nobody s put their hand up for that one yet." He says there is develop- able land near the ports that is being eyed for development by the Whangarei-centric regional council. "What they re wanting to do is put in the processing factories that I want to have up here and Rangitane ] wants to have up here," he says. "These are our trees, this is our place and these are our unemployed people and I want our jobs here not at Ruakaka. "I got elected mayor solely to lift the economic perform- ance of my district and this is a golden opportunity to do that. At the moment, I m fight- ing Whangarei for every opportunity." Mr Marsden says there is some misinformation in the community as to who is driv- ing the change to local gov- ernment. He says people should realise "the Government itself has basically laid down the challenge that things need to happen and get on with it otherwise we ll do it without you . The unitary authority is a vehicle for Maori inclusion in the governance of Northland, he says. "If they re going to go for- ward in that direction, let s be a part of that process." Forty per cent of the popu- lation in the Far North is Maori and Mr Marsden says he agrees with the character- isation of that population as "disengaged". "I think the Government has also sent a clear warning to councils around the coun- try as well, that the cost of bureaucracy and adminis- tration and infrastructure keeps continually rising and as a result of that I think you re getting, right across the whole country, revolts against councils in terms of the costs of rates." Mr Marsden says that s not a fight for iwi but he sees this as an opportunity for change. He says the Kaipara Dis- trict Council s current situ- ation is a classic example of what happens when local gov- ernment fails. "Change is going to happen with the influence of people, or it s going to happen by default." Mr Marsden says the pro- cess by which a unitary auth- ority is to be established provides a vehicle for Maori involvement in local govern- ment. "You ve got some ideas about how to improve local government. We ve got some ideas about how we can contribute to that improvement. Let s talk about how we can do that together, Mr Marsden says. "The identity, and the abil- ity of local initiatives gets lost in the mainstream approach of one size fits all." Iwi can make the difference By HAMISH MacLEAN GRAPHIC: REX HARRISON - SNAP DEPT SNL MAP SOURCE: Better Local Government in the Far North Working Group PHOTOS: Northland Naturally / Destination Northland / www.northlandnz.com SH 10 SH 11 SH 12 SH1 SH1 KAITAIA KERIKERI KAIKOHE Ngati Kahu, Ngapuhi ki Whaingaroa Ngati Kahu ki Whaingaroa Ngati Kuri Ngati Kahu Ngati Rehia Ngati Wai Ngapuhi Ngati Hine Te Roroa Te Rarawa Ngai Takoto Te Aupouri Marae Towns/Suburbs Main Towns Main Town Areas Harbour Areas Eastern Ward Northern Ward WDC & KDC Far North Boundary MAORI engagement in change in the Far North would benefit the entire region, an iwi leader says. Rangitane Marsden, a rep- resentative on the Far North unitary authority working group, says iwi will soon be in a position to affect change in the region in a major way and want to establish a partner- ship with government rather than one that maintains the frictions of the past. "A year ago we were worth nothing and perhaps within the next six months, or by October, we ll be worth about $220 million," he says. "It gives us the opportunity to contribute to Northland s growth." Mr Marsden says the vision that iwi leaders have had for the area is nearing. "We ve always had a long- term plan in terms of where we ve wanted to go: economic recovery, social development responsibilities, health, wel- fare, education and employ- ment opportunities," Mr Marsden says. He says the Far North Dis- trict Council was looking at its long-term plan late last year when the decision was made to enter a dialogue. The people they were talk- ing about overlapped, the communities the district council was talking about were the same communities that the iwi leaders were talking about. It s a shift in attitudes that s needed on the part of some Maori with respect to contributing to council or gov- ernment efforts. "When you don t have the ability to contribute, you stay in the back blocks," he says. "And you don t really buy into anything to do with govern- ment or local government." Mr Marsden says reducing the cost of living in Northland is one the keys to the area s future success. He says people need to get past past failed attempts to engage Maori. "If you want to take people forward en masse rather than drag them along, which is perhaps what the council s been doing with Maori for the last 40 years -- and we ve never seen anything of sig- nificance -- we want to change people s perceptions," he says. "Let s make Northland a great place to live, let s accept that Maori have a part to play in that, let s allow them to play a part in that, and let s all go forward together," Mr Marsden says.
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