March 14, 2023
No need for co-governance says Nats deputy
National Party deputy leader Nicola Willis says co-governance has its place, but not in public services.
National has taken aim at any Government policy that involves Māori having a say at the planning or oversight level.
Ms Willis says she’s talked with former National treaty negotiations minister Christopher Finlayson, who wrote co-governance into some of his settlements, and she says it’s an important way to resolve historical claims where co-governance can be used to manage taonga that had been taken by the crown.
That’s different to creating different systems of public services.
“Absolutely let’s deliver better services to Māori. Let’s involve Māori providers. Let’s put Māori communities at the centre of that decision making but we don’t need to in fact have separate co-governance systems to achieve that,” Ms Willis says.