September 15, 2016
Ture Whenua Maori case not made
Labour's Ikaroa Rawhiti MP. Meka Whaitiri, says after seven hearings she has heard nothing to convince her Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill should go ahead in its current form.
Submitters have said the massive rewrite of Maori land law is too complex, it will mean significant costs in time and money for landowners to switch to the new structures, and the economic case for change is weak.
Ms Whaitiri says even the Federation of Maori Authorities, which started off supporting reform, had major concerns about how the bill will owrk at a technical level and about a lack of detail around the proposed Maori land service.
"Whichever angle you go to, there is not a groundswell, not even a little ripple in a wave out there of Maori landowners or law practitioners," she says.
Ms Whaitiri says the proper thing would be for Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell to pull; the bill back and start again.
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