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


Race Relations Whitewash a farce says Maori Party

Race Relations ‘Whitewash’ a farce says Maori Party

Te Ururoa Flavell, Treaty Spokesperson for the Maori Party

Thursday 31 January 2008

Today’s release by Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres proclaiming that 2007 was a year of ‘significant developments in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi’ demonstrates that the Commissioner’s role has become reduced to that of a Government proxy says Te Ururoa Flavell, Treaty spokesperson for the Maori Party.

“2007 was the year that the Government refused to sign the international declaration on the rights of indigenous people and stood by while terror raids targeted a small Maori community in Ruatoki” said Mr Flavell.

“2007 was the year that the Waitangi Tribunal described the Crown’s actions with iwi in the Tamaki Makaurau settlement process as "cavalier”, “unfair” and as being undertaken in a “generally un-cooperative manner”; and then a week later found “serious flaws in the way the Crown consulted with non-settling Te Arawa groups”, concluding that the Tribunal was left “fearing for the customary future of the Te Arawa waka”".

“2007 was the year that Government’s Maori members sat zipped – forbidden to explain why their party had removed the Treaty from the education curriculum - and voted for the first reading of a bill to delete the Treaty from legislation” said Mr Flavell.

“The litany of actions against Maori undertaken by the Government last year hardly constitute what Mr de Bres calls “significant developments in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi and indigenous rights” said Mr Flavell.

“Unless of course what Mr De Bres really means is that the undermining of the Treaty of Waitangi by the Labour Government is a significant development – a development which will no doubt be the topic of much debate at Waitangi next week” suggested Mr Flavell.

“Of course we acknowledge that following the significant challenges by Ngati Kahu, Hauraki and Tuwharetoa over the sale of land meant for Treaty settlement, the Government was forced to clean up its act regarding Crown land disposal processes” said Mr Flavell.

“And we recognise the enormous commitment that iwi have made in continuing to negotiate their claims through to the point of settlement”.

“But you can only fool some of the people, some of the time – and no amount of whitewashing over the ugly dirt left in the mouths of Maori at the year’s end will ever convince them that the Government’s actions of 2007 were positive”.

“A key function of the Human Rights Commission is to create ‘harmonious relationships between individuals and amongst the diverse groups’ of Aotearoa” said Mr Flavell. “Speaking with a forked tongue has never proved to be the basis of an effective and respectful relationship”.

"Significant developments?" ended Mr Flavell.



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election