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Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 16:10

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s move to provide a funding boost to kōhanga reo, said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson.

“We have seen huge progress revitalising te reo over recent decades, and we owe a lot to the kōhanga reo movement for their role in bringing te reo back from the brink to where we are today.

“The government has a responsibility to ensure our indigenous language thrives in Aotearoa, and this begins with our tamariki.

Maram Davidson, Green Party MP
Thursday, April 4, 2019 - 16:28

The Green Party is disappointed that the Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill to increase tangata whenua representation on the Canterbury Regional Council was voted down at first reading today, says Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson.

“While tangata whenua have guaranteed political rights on a national level, representation is often lacking or non-existent in local government. This does not always make for robust decision making and in the past has led to significant breaches of Te Tiriti o Waitangi,” Marama Davidson said.

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.

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.

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.

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
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
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.