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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, September 10, 2018 - 09:26

Green Party Co-Leader Marama Davidson has re-affirmed the Party’s commitment to universal te reo in schools, and has announced that the Greens will now work with the education sector on a plan to make the language a core curriculum subject.

“Our vision of a bilingual nation will only be reached when all of us are comfortable and confident with te reo Māori.  We have a responsibility to ensure that our indigenous language not just survives, but thrives in Aotearoa, and introducing all children to it at school is one of the best ways to make that happen,” Marama Davidson said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 11:11

Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson is today attending the 40th anniversary ceremony of the Takaparawhau/Bastion Point occupation to honour the legacy of Ngāti Whātua and their resistance to confiscation.

“The story of the Bastion Point occupation has always made me feel proud, angry, sad and mostly deeply appreciative of the leadership of Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei. Their story of triumph through injustice is still unfolding and evolving,” said Ms Davidson.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Monday, August 28, 2017 - 15:31

The Green Party has reiterated its commitment to universal te reo Māori in schools, following National’s education announcement yesterday.

“It’s good that National is open to Kiwi kids learning a second language and te reo Māori should be at the front of the queue. We want a more ambitious plan for te reo Māori in schools, and the Green Party will make that happen in government,” said Māori development spokesperson Marama Davidson.

“Te reo Māori is one of the official languages of Aotearoa. It is a taonga that should be treasured, valued and nourished.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 17:43

The Green Party is calling on the Government to front up to iwi after learning that, going right back to the Ngāi Tahu settlement in 1997, the Right of First Refusal (RFR) clause in Treaty settlements has actually meant right of first refusal for charities, not iwi.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Saturday, November 5, 2016 - 08:40

The Green Party is calling on the Government to establish a national Parihaka Day.

The day would commemorate the extraordinary events of November 5 1881, when the Parihaka community practised passive resistance in response to the violent invasion by the Crown. The call for a national day of commemoration for Parihaka is also supported by many in the local community, former New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd and the Māori Party.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - 12:29

The Green Party is calling on the Government to support Green MP Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, to protect the small amount of land still in Māori ownership for future generations.

“The Government has a responsibility under Te Tiriti o Waitangi to protect Māori land from alienation for the benefit of future generations, and they can do that by voting for my Bill in the House today,” said Ms Delahunty.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Tuesday, September 6, 2016 - 11:07

Minister Te Ururoa Flavell needs to taihoa on his ture whenua Māori reforms until there is certainty on all of its component parts, particularly the design of the Māori Land Service, the Green Party said today.

“Minister Flavell’s announcement of a series of wānanga on the Māori Land Service is an admission that the Government hasn’t done any of the work on one of the most critical parts of its Māori land reform,” Green Party Māori Development spokesperson Marama Davidson said.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:36

The Government can end compulsory land confiscations of whenua Māori by voting for a Green Party Members’ Bill that will come before the House next week, the Green Party said today.

Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty’s Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which would prohibit compulsory acquisition of Māori freehold land, is expected to have its first reading in the House next week.

Friday, August 19, 2016 - 16:46

The Green Party extends its congratulations to Te Arikinui Kingi Tūheitia and the Kingitanga movement as they mark the King’s 10th koroneihana celebrations.

The week’s celebrations have included a ceremony in which the King received the keys to Hamilton city - the city’s highest civil honour, ngā kawe mate o te motu – a remembrance for those who have died over the last year, and a ceremony today to commemorate the return of the Rangiriri pā site.

Sunday, January 24, 2016 - 13:31

The Green Party launched a petition at Rātana today in support of its Members’ Bill to stop the compulsory acquisition of whenua Māori under the Public Works Act.

“This is a real opportunity to stop any more unfair confiscations of what is left of whenua Māori. The rallying call of Dame Whina Cooper of ‘Not one more acre’ of compulsory Māori land acquisitions can now be put into practice, and the Treaty of Waitangi can be made a stronger part of our nation’s laws,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said.