In his recent letter in The Weekend Sun (December 22) on appointing Maori wards, R Bell, Omanawa states that “it takes nothing away from non-Maori.” He apparently considers that the subversion of the process of seeking office, as practised in all democratic countries, for racist advantage, to be acceptable. He also misplaces the source of inflaming passions to councillors M Lally and M Murray-Benge rather than the mayor and his complicit councillors. He fails to explain why, if Maori are not capable of 'running for office', anyone would trust them to make decisions on councils. His phrase "in a completely non-contextual way" is an absolute non sequitur. He's trying too hard.
B Johnson, Omokoroa.