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

Gordon Campbell:
On The National Leadership “Contest”

Key’s endorsement of English has turned this “contest” into a race for second place.

This succession was well planned. Lets not forget that English was told by Key in September of his intention to resign, and English was the only member of Cabinet entrusted with that information before it was sprung on everyone else on Monday morning. More>>

Latest: Judith Collins has withdrawn from the leadership race, conceding that Bill English has the numbers to win.

 

Education: Charter Schools Misleading Pass Rates

Labour: NCEA results for charter schools have been massively overstated... In one case a school reported a 93.3 per cent pass rate when the facts show only 6.7 per cent of leavers achieved NCEA level two. More>>

ALSO:

Rebstock Report Resolution: SSC Apologises To Derek Leask And Nigel Fyfe

Following a complaint by Mr Leask, the Ombudsman found that the State Services Commission acted unreasonably in relation to Mr Leask and identified numerous deficiencies in the investigation process and in the publication of the final report and in the criticisms it contained of Mr Leask... More>>

ALSO:

International Rankings: Student Results 'Show More Resourcing Needed'

NZEI: New Zealand had only held relatively steady in international rankings in some areas because the average achievement for several other OECD countries had lowered the OECD average -- not because our student achievement has improved. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Salvation Army Report: Beyond The Prison Gate Report

A new Salvation Army report says changes must be made to how prisoners re-enter society for New Zealanders to feel safe and secure in their homes and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Surprise Exit: Gordon Campbell On The Key Resignation

The resignation of John Key is one thing. The way that Key and his deputy Bill English have screwed the scrum on the leadership succession vote (due on December 12) is something else again. It remains to be seen whether the party caucus – ie, the ambitious likes of Steven Joyce, Judith Collins, Paula Bennett, and Amy Adams – will simply roll over... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news