May 12, 2016
Petition lodged as Ture Whenua debated
One bill, two extremes.
Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill had its first reading in parliament yesterday, with Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell describing it as one of the most important measures for Maori this Parliament will consider.
He says to give Maori owners a clear and accountable governance framework for their land, the current law must be replaced and not just tinkered with.
But Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri says the bill has little support among Maori land owners.
She tabled a petition from more than 5000 people who oppose the reforms.
She says Mr Flavell told one of the consultation hui he has the numbers to pass the bill, regardless of whether he receives support for it outside parliament.
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