November 06, 2017
Incremental changes likely to Maori land law
The Maori Land Service could go ahead, but it will look different to the one planned by former Maori development minister Te Ururoa Flavell.
The new Minister Nanaia Mahuta says the Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens had all been unhappy with many of the changes to the Maori land law proposed in the previous Government's Ture Whenua Maori Bill, and that bill is now dead in its current form.
But some of the issues raised, such as successions and improving governance structure, will get attention.
The Maori Land Service also needs work.
"That programme of action was on a slow boat. We will put our eyes on that and say is there something more we could to to accelerate what that service could do, if enhanced, to support Maori landowners," Ms Mahuta says.
She says bringing the portfolio back into Cabinet after nine years in the hands of the Maori Party sitting outside mean a whole of government approach is taken to devising and implementing Maori policy
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