Auckland Maori Board defends it role

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(Source | Waatea News) The chair of the Auckland Maori statutory board says its first job will be to define its job.

David Taipari from Ngati Maru was appointed to the post this week by the other members of the nine-member board, which was selected by an electoral college picked by Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples from the mana whenua iwi in the Auckland super city area.

Mr Taipari says its empowering act doesn’t set out things like who the board is accountable to, so that’s on the agenda for next week’s meeting.

We ourselves are going to be sitting down and clearly working out who our accountabilities are to because were there to represent mana whenua and mataawaka so there will be a protocol qwe will have in place to ensure we are being accountable because to have no accountability could be very dangerous, Mr Taipari says.

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