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

 


National retreating on Treaty relationships

MEDIA STATEMENT
Hon Dr Pita Sharples and Te Ururoa Flavell
6 November 2012

National retreating on Treaty relationships

The Māori Party says the National Party’s actions contradict its words on recognising the Treaty of Waitangi.

“The Prime Minister says National acknowledges the status of tangata whenua and recognises the Treaty as the founding document of this nation, but his caucus deems it ‘not necessary’ to allow any MP to pledge to uphold the Treaty in their work on behalf of all New Zealanders,” says Co-leader Dr Pita Sharples.

“The Treaty established an enduring relationship between tangata whenua and the Crown on behalf of all New Zealanders, to work together in good faith and a spirit of partnership to build the new nation. The Treaty was never about division, it is about establishing a foundation for unity in diversity – hence Governor Hobson’s statement “He iwi kotahi tātou”.

“National has stated that they will oppose legislation to make it an option for incoming MPs to swear an oath to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi. Te Ururoa’s ‘Oaths and Declarations (Upholding the Treaty of Waitangi) Amendment Bill is a small but symbolic step towards recognising the Treaty today,” said Dr Sharples.

“My Bill does not make it compulsory to uphold the Treaty, but National’s opposition will make it impossible,” said Te Ururoa Flavell. “Why are they afraid of the Treaty?”

“The National Party entered into a relationship with the Māori Party to show how people with different kaupapa can work together constructively, as the Treaty foresaw. For example, this government has been making good progress settling historical claims by iwi brought under the Treaty of Waitangi Act,” said Mr Flavell.

“Their opposition to my Private Member’s Bill is a disturbing move, which we might have expected from former leader Don Brash, or former ACT MP Muriel Newman and her Centre for Political Claptrap which wants to ‘abolish the Treaty’. National risks looking like shifting their position in response to pressure from a small minority who promote discontent over the Treaty and Māori issues.

“Fortunately, many more New Zealanders can see the value the Treaty can add to building unity in a diverse nation, helping us to acknowledge our shared past and move forward together, as seen in our role in government,” he said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news