August 04, 2017
Land hui under "false pretences"
Labour MP Meka Whaitiri is accusing Te Puni Kokiri of false pretences in the way it is holding hui on the proposed new Maori land service.
Eight hui will be held next week from Opotiki to Manutuke to help identify what advisory and development services that may be offered by the new organisation.
The Ikaroa Rawhiti MP says landowners are going into the hui without being told about the complexity of the proposed new Ture Whenua Maori and the massive opposition to it, which led to the bill being held up at the committee stage of parliament.
The Maori Development Ministry also failed to produce a business case for the service in time for funding to be included in this year’s Budget.
"Our Maori landowners (are) walking into these hui without important context around the Government's failure to get the law up and more importantly to get it resourced. Landowners are going to the hui thinking it is a done deal, we are going to get the service tomorrow and (iwi) are going to deliver it. It's a disgrace those running these hui aren't telling those landowners the truth," Ms Whaitiri says.
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