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

 


A Black Mark On Treaty Negotiations

A Black Mark On Treaty Negotiations

New Zealand First says that the Cabinet reshuffle which has seen Mark Burton take over Treaty negotiations from Margaret Wilson doesn’t bode well for the settlement process.

“This is a man who presided over the decimation of New Zealand’s defence capabilities, and in the process insulted the few people who choose to remain in the armed forces with miniscule pay offers,” said Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone.

“He also did an outstandingly poor job of administering a small SOE, Airways NZ, which displayed a standard of personal greed and incompetence the likes of which I shudder to contemplate ever being visited on Maori.

“Treaty negotiation is an exercise in diplomacy, and I have serious doubts about the ability of Mr Burton to do justice to the job.

“We’ve already been saddled with ballooning costs and long delays in the settlement process, which have prevented us from moving forward as a nation.

“Maori have been hindered for too long by the grievance industry, and the resolution of outstanding claims is vital for all New Zealanders.

“New Zealand First has recently outlined a new, forward-thinking and practical solution to the problems surrounding Treaty settlements. I invite Mr Burton to familiarise himself with it, and to make a mark on his new portfolio by adopting it,” said Mr Paraone.

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news