Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Wayne Mapp caught napping

11 June 2004 Media Statement

Wayne Mapp caught napping

Labour has an impressive record of achievement in the Treaty settlements area, says Treaty Negotiations Minister Margaret Wilson.

National MP Wayne Mapp’s statements to the contrary are full of inaccuracies and half-truths, she said.

“He is quite wrong in saying this government has only settled four claims. In fact this government has signed deeds of settlement with six groups – Te Uri o Hau, Ngati Ruanui, Ngati Tama, Ngati Awa, Ngati Tuwharetoa (ki Kawerau) and Ngaa Rauru. These settlements add up to about $150 million.”

Margaret Wilson said last year three Deeds of Settlement were signed – more settlements reached in one year than ever before.

“We have also been responsible for getting settlement legislation for Ngati Tama, Ngati Ruanui and Te Uri o Hau through Parliament despite Wayne Mapp and his Party’s delay tactics.”

Over half of the figure Wayne Mapp quotes for Vote Treaty Negotiations is not related to the operations of the Office of Treaty Settlements, Margaret Wilson said. It covers interest paid to claimant groups from the time a deed of settlement is signed to when settlement legislation is passed.

“Wayne Mapp seems to forget the settlement process involves two parties – Maori and the Crown. While it is important to settle historical grievances as quickly as possible, this can only be done by working with the claimants in the context, and at the pace, they are equally happy with.

“The resolution of mandates and cross claim issues is difficult, but it has been this government’s experience that working through these issues thoroughly pays dividends by ensuring durable settlements.

“The previous National government did not seem to understand this which is why we inherited a legacy of partial agreements with all the hard work still to be done.

Margaret Wilson said other than the Tainui and Ngai Tahu settlements, most of the settlements agreed by the previous National government were non-comprehensive settlements with small groups and did not have settlement legislation.

“We are currently in discussions with more groups than ever before. My best estimate is that within 10 to 15 years the vast majority of historical Treaty claims will be settled.”

“National’s policy of forcing Maori to settle claims is foolish because those settlements will not last,” Margaret Wilson said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election