April 12, 2022
Shaw backs Māori voice on climate
Climate Change Minister James Shaw is defending his Climate Change Commission from claims Māori aren’t being heard.
He says tangata whenua members Lisa Tumahai from Ngāi Tahu and Tanira Kingi from Te Arawa and Ngāti Awa ensured the commission’s report was strong on what needs to be done to support Māori and honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi through the climate change work programme.
“Also, right across all the other recommendations, whether they were to do with transport or agriculture or forestry, they came through very strongly, so I would say that voice is actually represented more strongly on that commission than on most of the other public service agencies I have interacted with,” Mr Shaw says.