April 10, 2017
Bad overwhelming good in Ture Whenua Bill
A Maori political commentator says Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell may be hard pressed to pass Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill this year given the wide opposition to his reform of Maori land law.
The bill has been tabled back to parliament with major changes added which were not considered by the select committee.
Morgan Godfrey says it’s hard to see how the bill can move forward in its current state.
"Because there’s opposition from owners, from kaitiaki, from lawyers, even from the courts,so much so that his road forward seems blocked, which in one sense is good thing that people are so active but in another sense it maybe a bad thing because there are some really good ideas in that bill," he says.
Mr Godfrey says the proposed Maori Land Service sounds like a good idea, because it will take over many of the administrative functions now done by the Maori Land Court.
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