July 14, 2014
Craig after 1% with Maori seat attack
Labour MP Nanaia Mahuta is dismissing Conservative Party Colin Craig’s one law campaign against so-called race-based privilege as tired politics.
In newspaper ads around the country the Conservatives attacked National’s revised foreshore and seabed law, saying it gave special rights to Maori and ignored the overwhelming number of public submissions in opposition.
Mr Craig also called for an end to separate Maori seats.
Ms Mahuta says the country has moved on since former National leader Don Brash voiced similar sentiments in his Orewa Speech.
"He will get support for that. It will be a slim level. I think New Zealanders have kind of gone past that. They understand now with the emergence of treaty settlements and the level of activity that iwi are starting to have in their own regions, you can't turn the tide on this and so yep, he might get 1 percent from that message but no more," Ms Mahuta says.
Meanwhile, historian Paul Moon is to be one of the keynote speakers at the Conservative Party Conference in Auckland next Saturday.
Professor Moon, who has written a book on the Treaty of Waitangi, says Colin Craig invited him to speak on the relevance of the treaty and the politicisation of history.
He will discuss some of the chaos behind the Treaty’s formation and the reasons for the formation of the Maori seats.
He says he’s not afraid to ruffle feathers, and his appearance at the conference cannot be seen as a sign of support for the party or its views.
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