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

 


Parliament Has Duty to Put Matters Right


Te Urewera Tuhoe Bill:


Parliament Has Duty to Put Matters Right


Parliament must now make amends after the High Court of New Zealand, on 29 May 2014, overturned a Waitangi Tribunal decision that prevented two iwi from being heard by the tribunal, says New Zealand First.


At the second reading of the Te Urewera - Tuhoe Bill, New Zealand First Leader Rt Winston Peters pointed out that serious boundary issues were being improperly dealt with in the bill.


Members of the National Party, including Minister for Treaty Negotiations Christopher Finlayson and Māori Affairs Select Committee chairman Tau Henare, scoffed at such a suggestion.


They both should now publicly apologise for their wanton ignorance, says Mr Peters.


“Now, much to their embarrassment, the High Court has agreed with the position New Zealand First took.


“Before the Te Urewera -Tuhoe Bill is passed Parliament has the opportunity, and a duty, to address the concerns of Te Upokorehe and Ngati Ruapani,” says Mr Peters.


“New Zealand First has consistently said we must not attempt to correct a longstanding wrong by creating another wrong.


“We recognise Tuhoe’s grievance, and we have never thought otherwise, but we have also expressed concern that legitimate iwi, recognised by respected parliamentarian Sir Apirana Ngata, have had their claims sidelined,” says Mr Peters.


Te Upokorehe and Ngāti Ruapani had previously sought urgent hearings with the Waitangi Tribunal on the impact of the settlement but these were declined and the Tuhoe settlement moved on towards conclusion. It is now before Parliament.


The iwi went to the High Court for a judicial review. The court has now ruled in their favour, saying that the decisions to decline the hearings were invalid as the Maori Land Court judge making the tribunal decision did not have the status to make these rulings when sitting alone.


“New Zealand First has always held the view that Treaty of Waitangi settlements must be right. This is not happening for these two iwi. That is why New Zealand First voted against the Tuhoe settlement bill on its second reading last month,” says Mr Peters.


“We were disturbed at the time of the vote to see other political parties totally ignoring legitimate iwi concerns,” he says.


ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The IOC’s Treatment Of Russian Sport, And Lone Wolf Terrorism

A blanket ban on Russian athletes would also have exposed the IOC to criticism that its treatment of Russia would have been marked contrast to its treatment say, of the track and field team from Kenya – a country about which the IOC has very similar doping concerns. More>>

ALSO:

Sounds Like A Plan: Auckland Council Receives Unitary Plan Recommendations

A key milestone in New Zealand planning history was reached today when the Independent Hearings Panel delivered the reports containing its recommendations on the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan. More>>

ALSO:

National Park Expansion: Forests And Coast Of Kahurangi Protected

Five parcels of high value land totalling more than 890 hectares have been formally gazetted as part of the National Park. More>>

ALSO:

PPP Go-Ahead: SkyPath Gets Unanimous Support

Auckland’s SkyPath project has been given the go-ahead to be delivered through a public private partnership, after a unanimous decision at today’s Finance and Performance Committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank, The UN Shortlist, And Trump

Can there really be there any link between the US presidential elections and yesterday’s RBNZ signals on interest rates and the NZ dollar? Well, maybe. And it would be this: the improving US economy is reportedly putting a tailwind behind the US dollar, and rendering the actions of our Reserve Bank virtually irrelevant. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On What John Key Should Be Asking Joe Biden

No doubt, US Vice-President Joe Biden will be updating Prime Minister John Key on the chances of a TPP vote taking place in the ‘ lame duck’ session of Congress that’s held between the November’s election and the inauguration of a new President in January. More>>

ALSO:

Make NZ Make Again: Greens Will Establish A Minister For Manufacturing

The Green Party announced today that it will establish a Minister for Manufacturing in Cabinet, to better represent the interests of manufacturers and ensure they thrive. The Minister will be inside Cabinet and have responsibility for the long-term interests of the manufacturing sector. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news