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Treaty Here To Stay, OK?

26 July 2006

Treaty Here To Stay, OK?

New Zealand First says that despite misguided and mistaken reports to the contrary, the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill set to be introduced to the House today does not set out to remove all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation.

“I have heard mischievous reports from members of other parties recently saying that the aim of New Zealand First is to dispense with the Treaty altogether,” said Maori Affairs spokesperson Pita Paraone.

“This could not be further from the truth, and anyone who cares to read our policy would know this.

“I would like to clarify that New Zealand First seeks to remove references to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation with this bill. This does not involve removing all references to the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation, as the principles and the Treaty itself are clearly different.

“Therefore, removing the undefined principles from legislation will not affect the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to New Zealand.

“New Zealand First believes that there are important issues surrounding this bill that need to be publicly aired and discussed, which is a function of the democratic process. I therefore urge my colleagues in all parties to vote this bill to select committee this afternoon,” said Mr Paraone.


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