Advice too big for voters

Adam Gifford

Advice too big for voters

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A former local government minister said the low turnout in this year’s elections is because people no longer feel connected to the council.

A former local government minister said the low turnout in this year’s elections is because people no longer feel connected to the council.

Sandra Lee says the local has moved from local government and many councils now seem to be run like businesses rather than organizations that represent and serve their communities.

“Councils have been allowed to get too big, there have been too many mergers, councils seem to be very insensitive to members of the public who live in communities, they are too often alike in terms of political leadership and they are damn difficult to reach and achieve,” she says.

Ms Lee says Maori have always understood the power of local government because it was often the first battleground, but they didn’t feel like they had a voice at the table.

She says as the minister who enshrined Maori neighborhoods into law, she is delighted with the number of young Maori who are now taking up the challenge.


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