October 27, 2017
Post-settlement role avoids conflicts of interest
The first post-treaty minister is looking forward to working with iwi to ensure they can make the most of their treaty settlements.
Kelvin Davis was sworn in yesterday to the new portfolio of Crown-Maori Relations, which was created to acknowledge that even though the historic treaty settlement process is nearing completion, it does not mean iwi are on their own.
He had hoped for the Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations role, but it was decided that would go to Andrew Little because Maori MPs could have had conflicts of interest.
"In particular with me and the Ngapuhi settlement, I was going to be totally conflicted and wouldn't have had any opportunity to participate in that settlement anyway, but this is so exciting to be on the other side of the settlements and working and striving for our people to be successful and hoping all our aspirations come true," Mr Davis says.
He says Christopher Finlayson did a great job as treaty negotiations minister and Andrew Little is keen to continue the progress, with the support and guidance of his Maori colleagues.
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