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

 


Māori Language Bill Passes First Reading

Hon Dr Pita Sharples

Minister of Māori Affairs


Thursday 24 July 2014 Press Release
Māori Language Bill Passes First Reading

Māori Affairs Minister, Hon Dr Pita Sharples, says he is pleased that the Māori Language Bill passed its first reading this afternoon with the support of the majority of the House.

Dr Sharples said “As kaitiaki of te reo Māori, iwi should have more say and leadership over the Crown’s te reo strategy. This Bill, and the establishment of Te Mātāwai, will enable that to happen.”

The Bill establishes a new entity called Te Mātāwai to lead and direct Te Taura Whiri I Te Reo Māori, Te Māngai Pāho, and Māori Television. It will also absorb the role of Te Pūtahi Pāoho, Māori Television’s Electoral College.

“Te Mātāwai will be made up of seven representatives from the seven dialectal regions; three representatives from Māori language organisations, and two Crown representatives.”

“This model has received support from iwi around the country, including Ngāti Porou, Waikato-Tainui, Ngāpuhi, and Ngāti Kahungunu. It has also been supported by many national Māori language organisations.”

“Consultation on the new Māori Language Strategy began in 2010 with Te Paepae Motuhake, and will continue through the legislative process,” said Dr Sharples.

The Bill, which passed its first reading today, will now be referred to the Māori Affairs Select Committee for consideration under the next Parliament following the election.

“The select committee process offers another opportunity for public submissions to be made on the legislation. I am confident, however, that the merits of this proposal speak for themselves. It is a piece of legislation which empowers tangata whenua to lead with the Crown on Māori language revitalisation; and which empowers us through our iwi to set our own strategy and direction for the future.”

“I am pleased to have taken the Māori Language Strategy this far, and look forward to seeing this legislation move through its final readings from outside parliament with the support of iwi and Maori,” said Dr Sharples.

Dr Sharples is retiring from Parliament at this election, and is delivering his valedictory speech at 5.15pm this afternoon.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Parliament Today:

Werewolf: The Defence Pretence

Last year, the world began spending more money on weapons again, for the first time since 2011... New Zealand belongs to a region – Asia and Oceania – where military spending rose sharply in 2015, by 5.4 per cent. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Not Crying Foul, Argentina

So a couple of guys found to be criminally liable of environmental pollution in Argentina lodge an application with the Overseas Investment Office… in order to buy some prime New Zealand rural land. Seems that their factory back home had carelessly and/or intentionally discharged toxic waste into the Lujan river. Bummer... More>>

ALSO:

Urban & Rural: $303m To Merge And Modernise New Zealand’s Fire Services

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne today announced funding of $303 million over five years to combine urban and rural fire services into one organisation from mid-2017. More>>

ALSO:

High Trust Regime: What Did The PM Tell His Lawyer About Foreign Trusts?

The Government stopped the IRD from reviewing New Zealand foreign trusts shortly after the Prime Minister’s lawyer wrote to the Revenue Minister claiming John Key had promised him the regime would not be changed. More>>

ALSO:

Road Crime: Wicked Campers Vans Classified As Objectionable

The definition of publication includes any "thing that has printed or impressed upon it, or otherwise shown upon it, 1 or more (or a combination of 1 or more) images, representations, signs, statements, or words", The Classification Office has previously classified such 'things' as billboards, t-shirts, and even a drink can. This is the first time the Classification Office has classified a vehicle. More>>

ALSO:

'When New' Repairs: Landmark EQC Settlement

The Earthquake Commission has cut a deal with 98 Canterbury homeowners that affirms the government entity's responsibility to repair earthquake-damaged property to a 'when new' state, as well as covering repairs for undamaged parts of a property and clarifying its position on cash settlement calculations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Kiwirail’s Latest Stint In The Dogbox

The denigration of Kiwirail continues. The latest review (based on a 2014 assessment) of the options facing the company have enabled Kiwirail to be hung out to dry once again as a liability and burden on the taxpayer. More>>

ALSO:

Royal Society Report: Good Opportunities To Act Now On Climate Change

There are many actions New Zealand can and should take now to reduce the threat of climate change and transition to a low-carbon economy, a report released today by the Royal Society of New Zealand finds... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news