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Nats treaty policy naive

Nats treaty policy naive

10 August 2005


National's latest Treaty settlement policy announcement will seriously damage Maori development now and in the future, says Labour Maori Caucus Chair Mita Ririnui.

National has suggested that it will settle Treaty claims by 2010 while at the same making mandating requirements much more difficult.

Mita Ririnui says two things will occur under National to make this policy announcement a reality. "Firstly they will have to create another level of bureaucracy within the Treaty industry and secondly the legal fraternity will be rubbing their hands with glee at the legal prospects on offer."

"National's policy is sad, it is unrealistic and they know it. It seems to be pandering to their divisive agenda.

"Like many Maori around the country I am eagerly awaiting the detail, and I challenge Don Brash and Gerry Brownlee to come clean by letting the public know of the fiscal implications of implementing such a rushed policy," said Mita Ririnui.

"Maori want to work through the Treaty settlement process, to achieve prompt, fair and durable settlements as they move on to the next phase of their development and not have to pass the grievance on to another generation.

"All New Zealanders want to ensure that settlements are reasonable and durable. But National's policy would have the effect of running the Treaty settlement process on to the rocks, jeopardising both those claims currently under negotiation and others before they've even began.

"The only way that Maori can ensure Nationals policy does not see the light of day is by retaining a Labour led government.

"I am left in little doubt that a vote for the Maori Party will assist National to implement its naive policy and bring about the end of gauranteed Maori representation in parliament," said Mita Ririnui.

ENDS

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