They're trying to bring the family together to agree on something at the marae to get the ball rolling on the charter that is due. One issue is the wearing of gang patches on the marae and having someone on the board of trustees that is affiliated with a gang.
I don't have issue with a patch ban on marae grounds, but are marae grounds not liberal?
What I do take issue with is the possibility that a trustee cannot be affiliated with a gang and be on board as a member of the trustee committee. If someone claims their identity as a member of a gang, who may or may not be a criminal - criminal by reputation of the gang and not as an individual - it is not for us to decide their seat on a committee based on that.
I don't know if there is a Bill of Rights on the marae, but I grew up knowing that women couldn't speak on the paepae and men couldn't karanga.
How is being transgendered OK but being gang affiliated not?
I have no issue with either, but the truth is in the pudding that both are, ethically, equal.