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Maori Party Welcomes Constitutional Review Report

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Thursday 5 December 2013

Maori Party Welcomes Constitutional Review Report

The Maori Party has welcomed the release of the full report “New Zealand’s constitution – a report on a conversation ‘He Kotuinga Korero mo te kaupapa Ture o Aotearoa.’  

Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell recognised the massive effort of the Constitutional Advisory Panel in formalising and crafting a dynamic ‘constitutional conversation.’

“We acknowledge the expertise and skills of the panel members in producing a rich source of reflection for our nation to consider,” says Te Ururoa Flavell.

“There are many vibrant threads to the report, which demonstrate the sense of a nation learning more about each other – our tikanga, kawa, people, history, environment and cultural values.”

“We are heartened also by the statements of belonging expressed by Pasifika peoples, who have established history, cultural and political ties and the generations of Pakeha who trace their links to this land by way of the Treaty as well as new immigrants who value support for their cultures and heritage.”

Te Ururoa Flavell also says that the Maori Party reinforces the clear statement in the report that the Treaty or Te Tiriti is the original legal basis for the right to live in this country.

“We are however disappointed that there are still some groups who devalue the basis of the Maori-Crown relationship and pay little regard to indigenous values.  We believe the panel had it right when it concluded that any Treaty-based divisions relate to a failure to meet our obligations and as generations of activists would echo, to fail to honour the Treaty.”

“In this regard, we strongly support a national strategy for civics and citizenship education in schools and in the community as the basis for a more enduring relationship.”

“We will certainly be advocating strongly for Government to consider the recommendations carefully and invest further in promoting and inspiring our shared discussions on the basis of nationhood for all who call this land home.”

Release of this report today, is another milestone achieved in the Relationship Accord negotiated between National and the Maori Party.  The specific agreement in the Accord was to continue to progress the review of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements and the advisory panel established to lead public discussion on relevant issues.

The final report is available at www.ourconstitution.org.nz

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