Listen to your employers

LETTER

I trust that all councillors, including our Mayor, took note of the web poll results in Saturday’s Gisborne Herald.

Please accept the fact this was a message from your employers, the people of Gisborne — with 62 percent favouring the retention of Poverty Bay against 24 percent preferring Turanganui-a-Kiwa.

You must remember that there is more than one ethnicity residing in our city. It is not up to iwi to decide what our area should be called. To my mind, in this poll, the people have decided.

Councillors, please bear this in mind when you next discuss this matter. Obviously, those of Maori ethnicity have a contrary view but this city is multi-cultural.

Maori are as much entitled to their opinions as I am. The only difference appears to be, to me, that the council shows an unacceptable degree of bias.

This city should be run for all of us, not one favoured group. Meng, you are mayor for all, not a singular indulged sector.

I know there are councillors who do not have this “leaning”. I just wish they would be a little more vocal and stand up and be counted, like myself.

Don’t sit on the fence to protect your position. The people will embrace your actions.

Mike Mulrooney

I trust that all councillors, including our Mayor, took note of the web poll results in Saturday’s Gisborne Herald.

Please accept the fact this was a message from your employers, the people of Gisborne — with 62 percent favouring the retention of Poverty Bay against 24 percent preferring Turanganui-a-Kiwa.

You must remember that there is more than one ethnicity residing in our city. It is not up to iwi to decide what our area should be called. To my mind, in this poll, the people have decided.

Councillors, please bear this in mind when you next discuss this matter. Obviously, those of Maori ethnicity have a contrary view but this city is multi-cultural.

Maori are as much entitled to their opinions as I am. The only difference appears to be, to me, that the council shows an unacceptable degree of bias.

This city should be run for all of us, not one favoured group. Meng, you are mayor for all, not a singular indulged sector.

I know there are councillors who do not have this “leaning”. I just wish they would be a little more vocal and stand up and be counted, like myself.

Don’t sit on the fence to protect your position. The people will embrace your actions.

Mike Mulrooney

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Manu Caddie - 19 days ago
Isn't majority-rule how colonisation has worked in these islands since British authorities sent and conveniently then made up laws to receive tens of thousands of new immigrants on land that indigenous inhabitants had cheated and stolen from them under threat and force of violence?
I'm not convinced the majority of the population actually know about, let alone have come to terms with their place in, the history of our community - so I don't have much confidence popular opinion will be able to address outstanding issues from our legacy of colonisation at a local level.
Having said that, it's far from the facts that only "those of Maori ethnicity have a contrary view" to Mike's - plenty of proud Pakeha like myself look forward to more original place names being used rather than those used by previous generations of "settlers" who liked to pretend they had the authority and ability to erase those that already existed here.

lloyd gretton - 18 days ago
There are also plenty of Maori who want to keep the original place names of and inside Gisborne. I think as citizens they should be considered too.

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