I see that the Nelson City Council and Mayor have decided to establish a Maori Ward rather than choose democracy. The choice to establish a Maori Ward was soundly defeated in the recent democratic referendum intitiated by Nelson ratepayers. Of course the government has now put a stop to ratepayer's democratic rights in this regard. However, Nelson ratepayers need to know that their council's decision can be reversed.
Tasman District Council ratepayers need to know that the establishment of Maori Wards is an OPTION, and should let Mayor Tim King and councillors know their views. Local Government NZ has recommended to all councils (Nelson CIty Council couldn't have got the message!!!) that they survey their ratepayers to act on behalf of ALL ratepayers, and get a mandate for their decision on Maori Wards.
Motueka's SPCA Op Shop struck tough times during the freak hail storm on Boxing Day last year, but the team there banded together and had the shop looking better than before in no time. It was this that won them the SPCA Best Op Shop Team award. Congratulations to the crew! Have you been to the little op shop, and how was your experience?
Steve Taylor went to a number of GPs to be prescribed CBD oil for his epileptic seizures but no doctors would help. He turned to a Green Fairy for the natural elixir, where he didn't need a script and paid a fraction of the over-the-counter price. Do you think CBD oil should be easier to get hold of through GPs?
Ever wondered why we cover the stories that we do? Or what our policy is on swear words on Stuff? What about why the homepage greets you with 'Kia ora, Aotearoa!' and not 'Hello, New Zealand!' ?
The Backstory is an occasional email newsletter giving you behind-the-scenes insight into stories and newsroom decisions, from Stuff Editor Patrick Crewdson. It's sent every one to two weeks and it's free!
Sign up here.
If there's an element of Stuff's operations you'd like the inside scoop on, email Patrick with suggestions here.