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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on 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.

on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - 18:32

The Green Party is calling on Television New Zealand (TVNZ) to uphold its commitment to Māori programming and rethink their proposal to axe the dedicated Māori commissioner.

“It’s deeply disappointing that TVNZ are proposing to axe their dedicated Māori commissioner and we call on them to rethink this,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“It’s important that our publicly-owned television channel broadcasts Māori content and so TVNZ should uphold their commitment to that.

on Friday, June 9, 2017 - 09:11

The Green Party is today acknowledging the people of Parihaka as they sign a reconciliation package with the Crown.

A Crown delegation, including Green MPs, will be welcomed onto Parihaka today, where Minister for Treaty Negotiations Christopher Finlayson will read an apology to the people of Parihaka for past acts of aggression.

“The Green Party sends our aroha and congratulations to all descendants of Parihaka on this historic day,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

on Friday, March 31, 2017 - 10:25

The Green Party is welcoming the Government’s announcement that it will now further protect Māori land from forced sale under the Public Works Act, following pressure from Māori and the Green Party.

Catherine Delahunty, Green Party spokesperson for Te Tiriti o Waitangi, has campaigned on this issue since 2015, putting the issue on the political agenda and pressuring Te Ururoa Flavell to acknowledge that this needs to be addressed.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on 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
Marama Davidson MP on Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 15:01

The Green Party is today congratulating three Taranaki iwi on the passing of the their Treaty settlement bills.


The three iwi, Ngāruahine, Te Ātiawa and Taranaki Tuturu, today had the third readings of the bills that give legislative effect to their settlements to address the historical injustices inflicted on their people.


Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Marama Davidson MP on 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.

on 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.

on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - 13:30

The Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand has condemned the Government’s handling of the proposed Kermadec/Rangitāhua Ocean Sanctuary.

“Because it was more interested in a publicity stunt than a proper outcome, National has achieved the impossible – disagreement about a sanctuary that virtually everyone wants,” said Green Co-leader Metiria Turei.

“The Green Party has campaigned for the Kermadec/Rangitāhua Sanctuary for a long time and remains committed to it.

on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 - 11:51

Green MP Catherine Delahunty has presented a petition with almost 5000 signatures calling on Government to support her Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which is due to be debated in Parliament next week.

“The Public Works Act has been used time and time again to alienate Māori from their land, leading to the struggles for Bastion Point, the Raglan golf course and to Patricia Grace’s fight to protect her land from the Kāpiti Expressway, which inspired my Bill,” said Ms Delahunty.