New Kaipara mayor shuts down karakia at first council hui

Conflict has erupted at a Kaipara District Council meeting over a mayor’s decision to shutdown a wahine Māori councillor wishing to recite karakia, before the opening of business.

The Council met for the first time Wednesday under new Mayor Craig Jepson, elected at October’s local body elections.

As is customary in councils, the opening of parliament and most hui nowadays, Māori Ward councillor Pera Paniora, of Te Moanaui o Kaipara, wanted to begin the meeting with a karakia. Read more

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