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Back-down on Treaty Committee a small first step

Gerry Brownlee MP
National Party Maori Affairs Spokesman

28 April 2006

Back-down on Treaty Committee a small first step

National Party Maori Affairs spokesman Gerry Brownlee says the back-down by the Manukau City Council on candidate and voter eligibility to its Treaty of Waitangi Committee is a small first step.

“National’s pleased that the council has now decided to extend nomination and candidacy rights to Maori on both the general and the Maori electoral rolls.

“But when will local authorities and central Government realise that the Treaty of Waitangi applies to both Maori and non-Maori?

“Non-Maori have just as much right to sit on the committee as Maori. All New Zealanders should have the opportunity to express a view on the Treaty,” says Mr Brownlee.

Earlier this month, National Leader Don Brash raised the alarm on Human Rights Complaints lodged by two Maori in the Manukau area on the general roll, who complained that they were not allowed to take part in the Treaty committee process.

“The Manukau City Council back-down is a good start, but it’s only a start,” says Mr Brownlee.


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