March 16, 2016
Once over lightly in TPP Maori consultation
The Greens say emails between Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade cast doubt on whether the impact of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement on Maori was properly assessed.
Maori development spokesperson Marama Davidson says TPK officials weren't given enough time to read the agreement and their written submissions on the National Interest Analysis amounted to three short emails over two days.
She says they asked MFAT to drop the inference in its Consultation with Maori section that it was TPK that engaged with Maori.
Rather, TPK advised the ministry how it should go about the task.
Mrs Davidson says it looks like TPK officials were concerned that MFAT were overstating the consultation.
Real concerns remain about the potential damage the TPPA could do to Maori rights and the Maori
The Waitangi Tribunal is this week hearing a claim about whether the TPP will undermine the ability of the crown to uphold Maori rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.
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