Parliament

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

 

More Multicultural NZRaises Future Of Treaty

1 November 1999

MORE MULTICULTURAL NEW ZEALAND RAISES FUTURE OF TREATY

The future of the Treaty of Waitangi will come under increasing scrutiny, as New Zealand society becomes more multicultural, says United New Zealand leader, Hon Peter Dunne.

Mr Dunne, whose own Party list includes representatives of 10 different nationalities, says New Zealand’s growing cultural and ethnic diversity is inevitably leading many to question the ongoing relevance of a Treaty signed nearly 150 years ago between Maori and the British Crown.

“When you couple the mounting cultural and ethnic variety of New Zealand with the emphasis on resolving historical grievances that has become the modern focus of the Treaty, it is understandable that its long term future relevance to modern, multicultural New Zealand is being queried.”

“It is inevitable that people are properly asking what relevance such a Treaty has to the Asian, Indian and Pacific communities now becoming more prominent in our country.”

“A society confident about its future should welcome that debate,” Mr Dunne says.

Mr Dunne says that as a Liberal Party, United asserts strongly and without favour the equality of all people, regardless of origin.

“We celebrate our country’s increasing ethnic and cultural diversity, and believe passionately in New Zealand’s future as a modern, multicultural society.”

“If that means we have to be bold enough to revisit or modify the Treaty to achieve that goal, then so be it.”

“Certainly, United is not afraid of promoting a widespread public debate on the issue to ensure that the Treaty is viewed once more as a symbol of our national unity, rather than disunity, that promotes New Zealand as a modern multicultural society,” Mr Dunne says.

ENDS

New Zealand’s Liberal Party


MEDIA STATEMENT
HON PETER DUNNE, MP
LEADER UNITED NEW ZEALAND
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 1.
Ph: (04) 471 9410 or (025) 469 808. Fax (04) 499 7266.
e-mail: peter.dunne@parliament.govt.nz. Internet Address: http://www.united.org.nz


New Zealand’s Liberal Party

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

UK Cabinet Backs Deal: Gordon Campbell On The Latest Roll Of The Brexit Dice

Brexit has left the British public looking like a nation of Wellington bus commuters. In both cases, the unholy mess bears no resemblance to what people were promised or the spin being used to justify it.

In both cases, the only sane response – to go back to the way things were and write the whole thing off as a ghastly mistake – is deemed to be utterly out of the question. More>>

 
 

14/11: Two Years’ Progress Since The Kaikoura Earthquake

Mayor John Leggett said it was a day for reflection, but also a time to recognise the work by many people to support progress towards recovery made across Marlborough since November 2016. More>>

ALSO:

Pike River: Mine Drift Re-Entry Plan To Proceed

“I’ve decided the Te Kāhui Whakamana Rua Tekau Mā Iwa - Pike River Recovery Agency, recommended course of action to enter the drift, using the existing access tunnel, is by far the safest option,” said Andrew Little. More>>

ALSO:

Appointments: New High Commissioner To Australia Announced

“Dame Annette King needs no introduction given her long running career as a parliamentarian where she has previously held a number senior Cabinet portfolios, including Justice, Police and Health. She also was Parliament’s longest serving female MP with 30 years’ service,” said Mr Peters. More>>

ALSO:

Two Years Since Kaikoura: Silvia Cartwright To Lead Inquiry Into EQC

“The inquiry will be the first of its kind under the Public Inquiries Act 2013 and will have all the powers of a Royal Commission, be independent of Government and make its report directly to the Governor-General. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Royal Commission Into Child Abuse

Obviously, it is good news that the coalition government has broadened the scope of its Royal Commission into the abuse of children, beyond its previous focus on children in state care. More>>

ALSO:

Cases Delayed: Court Staff Refuse To Handle Sentencing Papers

Dozens of court cases have reportedly been delayed, as court staff escalate industrial action at two Auckland courts by enforcing a ban on handling sentencing papers. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Primary Teachers Rolling Strikes

RNZ Report: More than 100,000 primary school students in Auckland will be home from school today as teachers and principals walk off the job for the second time this year. It's the start of a week of rolling one-day strikes around the country, after the collapse of contract negotiations last Thursday. More>>

ALSO:

"Process Was Sound": Inquiry Into Haumaha Appointment Released

The Inquiry’s purpose was to examine, identify, and report on the adequacy of the process that led to the appointment. It found the process was sound and no available relevant information was omitted. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels