The reasons given by Mike Lally (The Weekend Sun, December 1) for voting against Maori electoral wards for the Western Bay council do not seem to be based on hard evidence. The only hard evidence we have is that nationwide the percentage of Maori councillors is about one third of the percentage of Maori voters and that Maori have been treated unfairly in the past. The evidence for this being the $3 billion in justified treaty settlements paid out to Maori, which is only about 10 per cent compensation which Maori have never moaned about. Mike seems to feel that Maori are not worthy of being represented by him, in which case he should support Maori wards and then he would not have to represent the Maori community which he does not seem to want to do anyway. The request for Maori wards is only a request for fair representation, not a request for handouts. It provides no extra political control to Maori and takes away no political control from non-Maori, and has negligible cost.
P Dey, Welcome Bay.