March 08, 2017
Forums useful for Maori
Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell says he’d like to see the Freshwater Iwi Leaders Group remain in the Land and Water Forum, despite the departure of a major environmental group.
Forest and Bird has quit the forum, which includes stakeholders from farmers to recreational groups to environmentalists, because it says the Government largely ignored its consensus recommendations in setting its proposed freshwater standards.
Mr Flavell says Maori need to get themselves into as many industry and sector forums as possible.
"From time to time that information and indeed decisions that impact on our people all the time, so I'm all in favour of being at the table and making sure that we listen in and contribute into the korero because too often the opposite occurs and we don't get included and that's where we have problems. Whether it be on the Kermadecs or anything else," says Te Ururoa Flavell.
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