August 09, 2021
Treaty statement start of journey for National
Tu Williams says the emotion surrounding the weekend vote showed the membership felt the direction the country was moving and wanted to move with it.
He says Kahurangi Māori put in the groundwork by developing an iwi and Māori engagement strategy for the party.
” What you will see over time, it’s not going to happen in one day or one week, are some changes that will take place as part of the journey the party will take in relation to its commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, in its commitment to the Māori seats’ campaign, and its commitment to Māori capacity and capability and building that capacity and capability,” Mr Williams says.
He says National has a record on Māori development over the past 30 or 40 years it should be proud of, from kicking off Kōhanga Reo to making major progress on historic treaty settlements.
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