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Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

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Yesterday around 10,000 people took to the streets of Auckland to oppose the National-ACT place governance of Auckland under the control of one 'Super City'.

The planned Super City does not include Maori representation. It also places all of Auckland's assets, such as water and the ports, under the control of one authority - meaning they would be much easier for a right-wing council to privatise. Under a Super City structure only very wealthy candidates will be able to stand because the planned Council Wards are so huge.

Squirrel from Resistance Photography has written a report of the demo and made an excellent photo essay. [More]

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Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

Not sure if it can be called a "Hikoi against the Super City" when the lead banner clearly reads "No Super City Without Us".

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

Not everyone was there to support the supercity. Many differing kaupapa from no super city, to super city but not without us, to save the clock tower.

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

Maori missed the Hikoi because of work commitments: Yeah right.

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

Looks like it was awesome. Wish I had been there.

Good stuff.

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Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

yes it can be called a hikoi against the supercity

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

"Massive" when speaking of 7000 to perhaps 10000 is too much of a claim! You need to organise more and better, if there are not at least 25000 people on the street to stand for something, this will simply go under in a city of a brainwashed 1.4 mio population! Like it or not, that is the reality!!!

Get going and organise more!! Do not expect the government to take this hikoi serious at all! They won't!

All the best of wishes!

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

oh yeah when did you last organise 25,ooo people. Yeah maybe everyone should have just stayed home doing jack shit and made anonymous posts discrediting the process instead

Re: Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

easy to be a arm chair 'revolutionary' harder to walk your talk. Hikoi was inspirational

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Ha ha ha! You can have "inspiration" in a group of 3 getting "high" on something or just talking it up! You are deluding yourself and I pity you that you do not get what is REAL! Too many apathetic arseholes in NZ and too many selfish and opportunistic bullshitters, that is the damned problem with this lost country!!!

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

Inspirational maybe but when Key and Hide cave in, because they want the Maori Party's votes and support, and they throw in two to three Maori seats for the Super Shitty Council, will the Maori tribal capitalists still be moaning?

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

While I do not agree with Maori specific seats, you have raised a very important couple of points about only the rich being able to gain seats and; the ability to more easily privatise public assets.

There should be caps on election spending limited to less than $50,000 per candidate. This would certainly make sure the candidates were working hard for what they are after and that the people working with them (the volunteers) truly believed in their candidate also.

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

there is no solid indication that those seats will be "thrown in", they were thrown out by pakeha capitalists without a second thought

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Seats could be added to quell maori unease about the city restructuring, if the new format is anti democratic and unpopular to Aucklanders, surely maori do not want token seats that have a couple of wealthy maori on them. Real power, community input and so on that will ensure assets are kept for future generations is what is important.

The Super City is not in maori or pakiha people's best interest, Pita Sharples would do well to listen to his people more.

Re: Massive Hikoi against the Super City in Auckland

I have an issue with people expecting Maori to lead this kaupapa from every angle.

Pakeha have the numbers, the will and the resources to fight the Supercity, there is vast dissent towards the Supercity structure in its current form.

Maori know the value of direct action in a way the majority of Pakeha seem to have forgotten, that does not make this issue solely our responsibility.