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Separatism Raises Its Head in RMA Cave In

Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
Member of Parliament for Northland

26 NOVEMBER 2015


Environment Minister Nick Smith, like his leader, claims the government has been frustrated on its RMA changes by opposition parties – that is absolute drivel, says New Zealand First.

“Prime Minister John Key formed the government with like-minded partners and for months did not show the opposition what their ‘reforms’ were. To support them would have been an act of stupidity by any responsible party,” says New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“Now Dr Smith has made an announcement on the policy we will study it and make our views known.

“However, it is blatantly apparent that they are taking a giant step towards separatist government by caving in to the Maori Party, which has minimal support, even in the Maori world.

“It is clear that behind closed doors they are negotiating away fundamental rights that should be the same for all New Zealanders.

“National’s separatist approach will do nothing for Maori, and even less for the country.

“It’s a tragedy how far John Key has taken public policy in that direction in seven years.

“On what Dr Smith has so far announced, the New Zealand First caucus will, for the first time, consider it before making our position clear.”


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