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Treaty Industry Waste Must Go - Peters

7 June 2005

Treaty Industry Waste Must Go - Peters

The government has been warned that New Zealand First wont tolerate the huge expenditure of taxpayer money on Treaty of Waitangi courses, says Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“This excessive spending by the public service on courses and other educational material related to the Treaty of Waitangi is a politically correct indulgence the country can longer afford and which will end under a New Zealand First government.”

Mr Peters said that not one single extra operation, educational outcome, police arrest or leaky home had been repaired as a consequence of these Treaty courses and yet government agencies wasted millions of dollars on them.

“We believe that the Treaty should be taught in the history curriculum at primary and secondary school and as part of civics courses for new migrants, but it has no place in the public service.

“It simply diverts funds from more demanding needs, such as reducing hospital waiting lists and providing our children with a better education.

“The abolition of Treaty courses will be part of the New Zealand First Treaty of Waitangi policy which will be launched on 21 June in Te Awamutu.

“It will be the only sensible policy on offer,” said Mr Peters.


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