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

 


Government moves against Maori Council

Government moves against Maori Council

Brendan Horan MP asks why Te Puni Kokiri appears to be acting unlawfully in withholding $13 million from the Maori Council.

He was commenting following the conclusion of Waitangi Tribunal hearings on a claim brought by the Maori Council. Brendan Horan has previously highlighted excessive spending on contractors and consultants by Te Puni Kokiri.

“Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples and Te Puni Kokiri appear to be acting outside the law and what are their motives?

“Government is moving to vest control of Maori Wardens in entities other than the Maori Council. Yet the Maori Coommunity Development Act 1962 clearly gives the Maori Council control of the wardens’ organisation,” said Brendan Horan.

At stake is an investment grant of $13 million, which has not been properly allocated since 2007. The Maori Council has told the Waitangi Tribunal that the warden system works well except for the intervention of Te Puni Kokiri and the favouritism of the Minister which created divisions amongst the wardens.

The Tribunal was told that the wardens were manipulated by the Minister and Te Puni Kokiri as if the wardens were puppets – as if wardens were servants – as if the wardens were a voluntary police force – as if wardens were a body to do the bidding of the govt.

Te Puni Kokiri chief executive Michelle Hippolite has stated that the “Council was a Maori institution.” The Maori Council is not a government institution, yet the Government has assumed it has the authority to control the wardens, to isolate them from the Council, and to make proposals and attempt to implement them without consultation with the Council

“This is typical of the Government’s divide-and-conquer regime.

“The Act clearly establishes that the Maori Council is the legal authority to control wardens whose role is to provide an important service to ensure that law and order within Maori communities was maintained under the direction of the District Maori Councils.

“It is obvious that Government is attempting to destroy the Maori Council because it has been a thorn in the side of Government, in its representation of all Maori, rural and urban regardless of iwi affiliation. Most recently in the Maori Council’s opposition to the Government on asset sales and on water,” said Brendan Horan.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

The Kids: OECD Report Shows Huge Impact Of Poverty On Education

A new report from the OECD has again highlighted the negative effects of poverty, showing that disadvantaged children in New Zealand are more than six times more likely to underachieve in maths than children from wealthier homes. More>>

ALSO:

Pacific: NZ Pledges $500,000 To Help Address Zika

“With the Zika virus now confirmed in a number of Pacific countries, New Zealand is committed to helping limit the impact and spread of the virus in the region,” says Mr McCully. “New Zealand will provide $250,000 as a contribution to the WHO to implement the Pacific Zika Action Plan, and a further $250,000 to enable countries in the region to respond rapidly if required." More>>

ALSO:

Labour: Police Commissioner 'Doesn’t Get Force Needs'

The Police Commissioner has let down the public and his own force by insisting the police have what they need despite it taking a year to solve a burglary and overwhelming number of officers saying they are under-resourced, says Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The US Pressure To Expand Our Role In Iraq

Foreign news services are being more forthcoming about what the “next 12 months” will entail – essentially, the defence ministers will be under US pressure to increase their “training” role preparatory to an assault on the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. More>>

ALSO:

Parliament Restarts: Prime Minister’s Statement

Our policy agenda and legislative programme will reflect the Government’s four priorities: • to responsibly manage the Government’s finances • to build a more competitive and productive economy • to deliver better public services to New Zealanders, an • to support the rebuilding of Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

NZEI Survey Report: Special Needs Students Missing Out

The survey revealed that around 16 percent of students were on schools’ special needs registers, but nearly 90 percent of schools’ special needs coordinators did not believe there was adequate support for students and their learning... More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Waitangi Tribunal On Ture Whenua Legislation

Labour on Proposed changes to Maori land rules: “To have Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson dismiss findings as ‘bizarre’ is totally disingenuous and disrespectful. What’s bizarre is Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell stubbornly pushing through this Bill before the Waitangi Tribunal has even completed its report..." More>>

ALSO:

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news