The full page advertisement by Hobson’s Pledge and 1Law4All in The Weekend Sun of May 4 objecting to Maori wards is misleading because it suggests that the local election system is the same as the general election system, when in fact they are quite different. The main reason for supporting Maori wards is that the present local election system is unfair to Maori candidates. Maori voters are heavily outnumbered by Pakeha voters who mostly do not vote for Maori candidates because they are less familiar with them. That is why throughout New Zealand only five per cent of local councillors are Maori, and there are no Maori councillors in Tauranga or the Western Bay. Maori wards would simply provide fair representation for Maori without being unfair to Pakeha voters in any way at all.
P Dey, Welcome Bay.