December 27, 2019
Ngai Tahu seat on Climate Commission challenged
Independent Māori climate change commissioner Donna Awatere-Huata says having a Ngāi Tahu representative on the Government’s climate commission doesn’t mean Māori are represented or well served.
The seven-member commission was created by the Zero Carbon Act to provide independent advice for governments on how to meet the emissions reductions targets.
Its chair is former Reserve Bank chair and University of Canterbury vice-chancellor Dr Rod Carr and its deputy chair is Ngāi Tahu kaiwhakahaere Lisa Tumahai.
Ms Awatere-Huata says Maoridom deserves more than to be just considered as agribusiness.
“You have to look at Ngāi Tahu’s record as one of biggest farmers in the South Island, polluters of water, choppers down of forest, and with no complaint from herself (Ms Tumahai),” she says.
Ms Awatere Huata says as one of the first to receive a treaty settlement and build up its tribal wealth, Ngāi Tahu should use its power to advocate for all Māori rather than its own agriculture business.
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