September 06, 2016
Belated consultation sign land reforms half baked
Green MP Marama Davidson says holding wananga discuss the shape of the proposed Maori Land Service is an admission the Government hasn’t done any work on one of the most critical parts of its Maori land reform.
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says 23 wananga will be held for Maori landowners between September 19 and October 14 … after a select committee has finished its hearings on Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill.
Ms Davidson says even organisations and individuals supporting the overall reform have told the committee they have massive concerns with the lack of information about the service, which will replace core functions of the Maori Land Court process,
She says Maori have not had an opportunity to see what implications this will have and there is not enough detail in the Bill for Maori, or Parliament, to give it informed consent.
The minister needs to taihoa on his reform until there is certainty on all of its component parts.
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