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Greens applaud Treaty education funding

Greens applaud Treaty education funding

Green Maori Affairs spokesperson Metiria Turei is congratulating the Government on its commitment to a public information campaign on the Treaty of Waitangi.

"The Greens have been calling for informed, nationwide debate about Te Tiriti for years," Metiria said. "For that to occur, the public needs to know about the Maori language version signed by both Hobson and the majority of chiefs.

"There can be no meaningful advance in our society without understanding of that document. And that means a thorough debate throughout society, backed by a comprehensive information and education campaign.

"The $6.475 million allocated in this year's Budget is a start, but is not in itself enough to fund the sort of comprehensive campaign needed to stimulate debate.

"The Greens will be lobbying for a real commitment in next year's Budget to properly fund an ongoing education campaign, fully engaging the expertise of existing Treaty education networks, which have years of experience in this area.

"What makes us question the Government's commitment to the Treaty is its failure to make any new money available to the Waitangi Tribunal, which carries out exhaustive research that the Office of Treaty Settlements then uses in settlement negotiations.

"The Budget allocation to the Treaty education campaign is a positive first step," said Metiria Turei. "But this Government has still a long way to go to honour the Treaty."


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