May 17, 2020
Tribunal takes clippers to plant variety claim
The Waitangi Tribunal has knocked back a claim over the way plant variety rights will be managed.
The issue of the part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement claims, with claimants arguing the Crown’s process for engagement over whether New Zealand should adopt the 1991 International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants was inconsistent with its treaty obligations to Māori.
The tribunal says not only is the crown implementing the relevant findings and recommendations of the Tribunal’s 2011 Ko Aotearoa Tēnei report on the way government agencies deal with Māori, but it is also doing even more to recognise and protect the interests of kaitiaki in taonga species and in non-indigenous species of significance
It says it is unprecedented for claimants to oppose the Crown when it seeks to implement tribunal recommendations.
It may have because Māori feel marginalised in the negotiation of international treaties.
The claim was brought by Dr Papaarangi Reid, Moana Jackson, Angeline Greensill, Hone Harawira, Rikirangi Gage, and Moana Maniapoto.
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