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

 


Māori Party Pushes for Stronger Māori Role in RMA Discussion

MEDIA STATEMENT
Te Ururoa Flavell
MP for Waiariki
Thursday 28th February 2013


Māori Party Pushes for Stronger Māori Participation in RMA Discussion

Māori will never have a meaningful role in managing natural resources if the proposed changes to the RMA are passed says the Māori Party.

“The Resource Management Act is the matua piece of legislation that impacts on natural resource management and many local government issues. These are key areas of interest for tangata whenua and yet the discussion document in its current form provides limited scope for hapū, iwi and Māori communities to have a say over the management of their natural resources,” said Te Ururoa Flavell.

“A key policy plank for the Māori Party in the 2011 manifesto was the goal to introduce the RMA National Policy Statement on Māori participation, including iwi/Māori management committees and treaty representation. We were also keen to ensure any amendments of the Resource Management Act will require robust and accountable work practices by local government when working with mana whenua. The discussion document falls short on both accounts.”

“While the Māori Party has relentlessly and successfully fought to strengthen provisions around kaitiakitanga and retain the Treaty clause, we nevertheless seek further change,” said Te Ururoa. “This is only the starting point for Māori participation.”

“We wanted to see stronger wording around the recognition of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and also recognition of the rangatiratanga that hapū and iwi have over their natural resources such as land, water, airspace and other taonga.”

“We also wanted to see mechanisms in place that improve Māori participation and input into decision making over their natural resources. In essence we expect to see active decision-making roles for Māori right throughout the document – not reserved to ‘Proposal 5’ of six.”

“We are disappointed that suggestions put forward to establish iwi advisory groups, Māori statutory boards, recognition of iwi environmental plans and other options were not mentioned in this document.”

“Tangata whenua and iwi play a vital role in the resource management system and we want to see effective and meaningful Māori participation provided for, to recognise Māori contribution towards improving environmental and economic outcomes.”

“We urge tangata whenua to read of this document and put in submissions by 2 April to ensure that their concerns are heard on the proposed changes of the Resource Management Act.”

“Our natural resources are a key part of our Māori identity. Our lands, mountains, rivers, all stand as markers of our whakapapa and who we are as hapū and iwi. It is absolutely critical that Māori have a say on this issue if we want to move toward our goal of self-determination.”


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Two Dead, One Injured – Suspect Arrested:

Police apprehended Russell John Tully just after 5pm this evening following the armed incident in Ashburton this morning.

Canterbury dog section and AOS apprehended Tully not far from Lake Hood. No shots were fired although Tully will be treated for minor dog-bite injuries.

Tully is now in custody at Ashburton Police Station. More>>


  • 3 News Out-Link - Livestream: Ashburton shooting press conference from 5pm

  •  

    Parliament Today:

    John Key Press Conference: Ashburton Shootings, Judith Collins Inquiry

    Prime Minister John Key has delayed the release of Nationals’ fiscal policy in light of this morning’s shooting at a Work and Income office in Ashburton... Key also answered questions about Judith Collins, and confirmed that independent inquiry will be held with regard to allegations made against Collins. More>>

    Gordon Campbell:
    On John Key’s ‘Blame It On Judith’ Strategy

    Right now, Prime Minister John Key seems intent on limiting the scope of any inquiry into his government’s dealings with Cameron Slater. The declared aim is to make that inquiry solely about Judith Collins’ behavior with respect to the Serious Fraud Office. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On The Debate, And The Collins Accusation

    Debating is a peculiar discipline in that what you say is less important than how you’re saying it. Looking poised, being articulate and staying on topic generally wins the day – and on that score, Labour leader David Cunliffe won what turned out to be a bruising encounter with Prime Minister John Key last night on TVNZ. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On Winston Peters' Latest Bout Of Immigrant Bashing

    It is only one poll, but rather than cannibalising each other's vote, Colin Craig and Winston Peters do seem to be managing to find the room to co-exist... Few are questioning how Peters got to this happy place, and what it says about the mood of the electorate. More>>

    ALSO:

    More Immigration News: First People Trafficking Charges

    The first people trafficking charges in New Zealand have been brought by Immigration New Zealand (INZ)... The defendants have been charged under the Crimes Act 1961 for arranging by deception the entry of 18 Indian nationals into New Zealand. More>>

    Collins 'Misinterprets Media Reports': "Too Compromised To Remain Justice Minister"

    Bizarre claims by Judith Collins this morning that she had been cleared of inappropriate behaviour by the Privacy Commissioner demonstrates she is too compromised to remain Justice Minister, Labour MP Grant Robertson says. More>>

    ALSO:

    Labour On Climate Change: Focus On The Now For The Future

    A Labour Government will put in place a comprehensive climate change strategy focusing on both mitigation and adaptation, establish an independent Climate Commission and implement carbon budgeting, says Labour Climate Change spokesperson Moana Mackey. More>>

    ALSO:

    Gordon Campbell: On National’s Housing Assistance Plan

    So, as many as 90,000 people could derive some benefit from National’s housing assistance plans for low and middle-income earners... Yet in reality, the benefits seem likely to be insignificant, and they will be skewed towards those at the top end of the income group that’s supposedly the target. More>>

    ALSO:

    Election Data Consortium: National’s Worst Case Scenario At Stage One?

    A month out from the general election and ipredict traders are still forecasting National’s vote to slip below current polling levels and there is potential for it to fall further. More>>

    ALSO:

    Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news