November 23, 2022
Tiriti sidelined as parliament goes into urgency
The Māori Party says parliament’s move into urgency is a recipe for dangerous and reckless law-making.
Co-leader Rawirit Watiti says he was only informed last night by email that 20 bills will be debated under urgency from today to midnight Saturday this week.
He says it’s a threat to Māori and democracy, because there will be little chance to advocate for Tiriti based legislation and scrutinise the bills for their impact on Māori interests and rights.
Leader of the House Chris Hipkins says urgency is needed to make up for the disruption caused to the schedule by the death of Queen Elisabeth II.
The bills include the extension to the COVID-19 Response Act, Māori Purposes Bill, the Water Services Entities or three water Bill and the Climate Change Response Amendment Bill.