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

 


Govt must compensate iwi to maintain value of settlements

31 July 2014

Government must compensate iwi to maintain value of settlements

Māori Party candidate Chris McKenzie says the Government must compensate tribes for the devaluation of their assets under the treaty settlements.

Māori are bearing the huge costs as a result of reflagging Foreign Charter Vessels and may abandon fishing some of their fish quota as a result of the Foreign Charter Vessels legislations,” says Te Tai Hauāuru Māori Party candidate Chris McKenzie.

“The Māori Party absolutely agrees that cheap foreign labour must be abandoned and vessels operating in New Zealand waters should abide by our health, safety and employment laws. But this is a double edged sword. As a consequence the value of their fishing stock granted under the Treaty of Waitangi Fisheries Settlement will now be vastly reduced. What compensation will the tribes receive for the devaluation of their fishing stocks?”

“The same situation has been created for those tribes with forestry assets gained through the treaty settlements process. Tribes are continuing to lose money on their forestry settlements due to the influx of foreign carbon credits allowed by the government which eats away at the redress provided. Some tribes are facing multi-million dollar losses by rules imposed on them overnight by successive governments that erode the good faith that the settlements were negotiated in.”

My own tribe, Raukawa, negotiated carbon credits worth $23.00 each and are actively involved in mitigating carbon emmissions. But these credits are now only worth around $3.00 due to crown actions.”

“We must not create new treaty grievances by ignoring losses that iwi are experiencing in the fishing and forestry industries. That is not a partnership, that was not what Te Tai Hauāuru iwi signed up to and that is definitely not in line with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi,” says Mr McKenzie.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The Ombudsman’s Verdict On Paula Rebstock And Ian Rennie

Unfortunately, the brave and damning report by Ombudsman Ron Paterson on the “flawed” and “unfair” inquiry conducted by Dame Paula Rebstock into events at MFAT pulls back the veil on a far wider issue. More>>

ALSO:

Charities' Report: Stressed Families - Overstretched Services

“Like so many of the whānau and families they serve social service organisations are under huge financial stress. The support demanded from desperate people in communities is far outreaching the resources available.” More>>

ALSO:

Detention: Wellingtonians Protest Treatment Of Refugees

Peace Action Wellington (PAW) and around 50 Wellingtonians blockaded the Australian High Commission, creating a symbolic detention centre to protest the Australian Government's policy of mandatory offshore detention for refugees and asylum seekers. More>>

ALSO:

Diver's Alarums: Breach Means Training Provider Must Repay $1.47 Million

The New Zealand School of Outdoor Studies is to repay $1.47 million (GST-exclusive) to the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) following an investigation which showed that some student enrolments between 2009 -2014 could not be validated and that courses were under-delivered against their agreement with the TEC. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Government Plans Suggest Bulk Funding Return

Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. More>>

ALSO:

Interim Report: Auckland Looks Long Term To Pay-Per-Km Road Pricing

Aucklanders can expect to be paying variable rates per kilometre to travel on the city's most congested roads under an emerging transport strategy being formulated by the government and the Auckland Council. More>>

ALSO:

Despite Promises: Government Extends Iraq Deployment

Cabinet has agreed to extend New Zealand’s contribution to the joint New Zealand-Australia mission to train Iraqi Security Forces until November 2018. More>>

ALSO:

On The 'Terrorism' Card:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news