September 06, 2012
Partner talk needed to establish water framework
A New Zealand Maori Council vice chair says John Key needs to get used to Maori being a treaty partner.
Rahui Katene says the council hopes next week’s national hui called by Maori King Tuheitia can agree on a national Maori position on water.
She says the Government’s refusal to meet with the claimants, including the council, is short sighted and can only make it harder to resolve the issue.
“If we talk together as treaty partners rather than one of the treaty partners saying ‘this is who we are going to talk to and this is what we are going to talk to them about.’ They have got to stop making these unilateral decisions. All that we want to do is to set up this framework with them and then they can go away and finalise any of the arrangement hapu by hapu, iwi by iwi, as they want to,” Ms Katene says.