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Watch as Maori Treaty Rights get taken away

'Watch Carefully as Maori Treaty Rights get taken away'

Te Ururoa Flavell, Treaty of Waitangi spokesperson for the Maori Party

27 July 2006

'Despite the spin Labour will do the dirty' says the Maori Party following Parliament’s debate last night, of the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill sponsored by New Zealand First and supported by Labour as part of its confidence and supply agreement with New Zealand First.

“A cadre of political opportunists led by their cheer leaders in the Labour Party will ensure the references to the Treaty of Waitangi will be removed from various legislation as the Labour Party prepares its spin for the next election” says Te Ururoa Flavell, spokesperson on Treaty issues for the Maori Party.

“Labour as a poll-driven party is preparing itself for the next election on a dollar each way basis as it sets the foundation for its next policy and legal onslaught on Maori” says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“The Beehive has been described as “the House of Honeyed Deceit” and the Labour Party has excelled with its spin and ability to deceive” says Te Ururoa Flavell. “This Bill has been supported by Labour for the first reading and in all probability will be supported in the second reading as they would not want to upset New Zealand First”.

“They will then park up the Bill as election year approaches and depending on what the polls tell them and the mood of “mainstream New Zealand” they will either leave it to die a natural death or pull it from the shelf as they wage a war with National to see which of them can work prejudice the best and win votes as they lurch to the right” says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“All the signs are there when one takes in to consideration their press statements and particularly their use of supposed 'inclusive language'”.

“If there was any time to switch on the Maori roll it is now” warned Maori Party Treaty spokesperson, Te Ururoa Flavell, “as the New Zealand First Labour coalition prepare to take out the one foothold we have in having rights maintained”.

“The Labour Party has happily agreed to eat their words, in the pursuit of political power” said Mr Flavell. “Oh how quickly they forget, once the election is over, and manifesto promises can be ignored” stated Mr Flavell.

The Maori statement (Te Ahutahi) of the Labour Manifesto “acknowledged the importance of the Treaty of Waitangi as New Zealand’s founding document, the cornerstone of the nation and the basis for constitutional government”.

“It was obviously a case of ‘that was then, this is now’” stated Te Ururoa Flavell.

“We remind Labour and NZ First that Te Tiriti o Waitangi allows us to build our future together - a future which includes tangata whenua - or will we be deleted too?”.


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