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Greens call on Govt to honour Tribunal findings

Greens call on Government to honour Tribunal findings

The Green Party is calling on the Government to acknowledge and accept today's Waitangi Tribunal recommendation that it negotiate with Ngati Ruahine for the loss of rights to petrol found on its land.

"Today's finding is important, in that it acknowledges that Maori have a stake in the oil and gas found under their land, not withstanding the nationalisation of those assets in 1937," Green Maori Affairs spokesperson, Metiria Turei said today.

"The Prime Minister was quite out of line in dismissing this report before she even had a chance to read it and we would hope that the Government will now move quickly to enter into a dialogue with Ngati Ruahine.

"Of all Labour's Maori MPs only Tariana Turia had the courage to support her people and we hope her example encourages the others to ensure that the Government enters into a good-faith process with the iwi.

"This report brings into question the policy of 'full and final' settlements, rather than a relationship-based settlement approach.

"This case is a good example of how the Treaty relationship between Maori and the Crown is one in which new issues arise and have to be addressed," Metiria said. "It is a constantly evolving relationship in which there can be no 'final solution.'"

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