March 20, 2018
Parihaka Bill about doing the right thing says Minister
Crown Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis has picked up responsibility for the legislation enacting the settlement agreed to by the previous Government with the people of Parihaka.
The bill offers an apology for the Crown’s 1881 invasion of the Taranaki settlement and a package of remedies aimed at helping its current occupiers improve its infrastructure so they can deal with the steady flow of visitors who want to hear about its story.
Mr Davis acknowledged the work of the previous National Government’s attorney general Chris Finlayson who put the deal together.
"It’s not an iwi settlement but it's actually doing the right thing and I remember my uncle on the marae saying 'Kelvin, if you ever stuff up, you need to fix it,' and the crown stuffed up and it's taken way too long to set things right and fix things and so that's what we are setting out to do. As Minister for Crown Maori Relationships it's right that I be the one that does it," he says.
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