New Waitangi Tribunal claims objecting to the Crown’s proposed Maori land reforms are further evidence of the lack of support for the changes, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“Further claims were lodged with the Tribunal last week. In the last month alone there has been a scathing Waitangi Tribunal report, top-brass Māori claimants appealing to the United Nation’s indigenous rights group and now more claimants seeking an urgent hearing.
The Minister of Māori Development is out of his depth if he thinks Māori rights currently being ripped away by the Government’s arrogance over the proposed Kermadec sanctuary will be settled by a select committee, says Labour's Fisheries spokesperson Rino Tirikatene.
“Te Ururoa Flavell is telling Māori media that the proposed Kermadec Sanctuary is good for everyone and Māori concerns can be addressed at select committee.
The proposed sell-off of Solid Energy lands in Huntly is a breach of good faith undertakings given to Waikato-Tainui in their Treaty of Waitangi settlement reached 20yrs ago, says Hauraki-Waikato MP Nanaia Mahuta.
"There are core principles which inform the right of first refusal mechanisms in the Waikato-Tainui Settlement. The principle of returning land wrongly confiscated in the region was an important matter.
Labour is calling on universities, polytechnics and wananga to stop so-called “whitestreaming”, where specialist Māori jobs and services are replaced by generalist positions, Labour’s Māori Education spokesperson Adrian Rurawhe says.
“A new report by the Tertiary Education Union has found every university in New Zealand, most polytechnics and even one wānanga has cut jobs that support Māori students.
The Minister of Maori Development must publicly commit to delaying the introduction of Maori land reforms until the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal are properly addressed, says Labour MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“The Waitangi Tribunal’s findings show that all Maori landowners will be disadvantaged if the Bill proceeds in its current form.
Māori landowners concerned about further loss of land resulting from planned reforms to Māori land laws will be disappointed with the evasive answer given by the Māori Development Minister in Parliament today, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
Labour supports a call for the Auditor-General to investigate the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council’s $40 million commitment to the Ruataniwha dam by four of its own councillors, Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rawhiti Meka Whaitiri says.
“The Council’s ‘provisional decision’ to commit so much ratepayers money without any public consultation, is a very serious matter.
The Māori Development Minister needs to get real and admit he has not secured the broad-based support required to move ahead with the changes to Maori land laws, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“Te Ururoa Flavell has said he attended about a third of the 20 consultation hui, and claimed they all indicated support for the proposed changes.