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


Labour scratches surface on race review

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman

23 June 2005

Labour scratches surface on race review

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says Labour is only scratching the surface in its review of race-based funding which, among other things, has found major flaws with the funding formula for PHOs.

"Labour has consistently denied race-based funding was an issue. And even as recently as the past few weeks Labour has signalled its intention to extend legal aid to Maori claimants exercising their new rights under the Foreshore and Seabed Act.

"Trevor Mallard has only scratched the surface. He has overseen a largely superficial review which was carried out, in many cases, by the officials who wrote the race-based policies in the first place.

"When asked in Parliament recently how much money had been spent on Treaty related education courses Mr Mallard said he had not bothered to look.

"When asked why Labour was still appointing public servants who were required to subscribe to a particular view of the Treaty, Mr Mallard ducked for cover, claiming he had no responsibility for that.

"And Labour even voted against a bill to remove the vague principles of the Treaty from legislation - even though in February last year Mr Mallard said 'inconsistent and incoherent references' to the Treaty will be tidied up

"Labour has shown no determination to make real change and that's underlined in many areas of the race-based review where Mr Mallard has indicated there will be further 'evaluation'.

"Only National can be trusted to deliver policies based on need rather than race," says Mr Brownlee.


© 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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news