May 13, 2016
Race commissioner’s job saved
The Maori Party is claiming credit for protecting the statutory recognition of the roles of Race Relations Commissioner and Equal Opportunities Commissioner within the Human Rights Commission.
It says Justice Minister Amy Adams wants to share the roles among other commissioners as part of her Human Rights Amendment Bill, but dropped there after their advocacy.
Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says the comments of TVNZ broadcaster on Maori wards in Taranaki is an example of why the roles are necessary.
So too is the recent publishing by right wing blogger Cameron Slater of a cartoon linking Maori with child abuse.
Mr Flavell says the commissioners make strong contributions to enable a more equitable and balanced society.
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