Ture Whenua Māori Bill must not proceed

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill must not proceed as it fails to address the key barriers to the use of Māori land and is opposed by iwi Māori, the Green Party said today.

Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill must not proceed as it fails to address the key barriers to the use of Māori land and is opposed by iwi Māori, the Green Party said today.

 

Today the Bill has been presented back to the House after a rushed select committee process that failed to address the key concerns that Māori have consistently raised about the Bill.

 

“The Green Party is supporting Māori landowners in opposing this Bill, which will do nothing to protect Māori land and ensure it’s not further degraded and alienated,” Chair of the Green Party’s Māori caucus Denise Roche said.

 

“Minister Flavell and the Māori Party in particular must realise that there is no mandate from Māori to ram through this unpopular Bill. The Green Party calls on them to immediately halt its passage through Parliament.

 

“I attended many of the Māori Affairs Select Committee hearings on behalf of the Greens, where I heard overwhelming opposition from our people to the Bill.

 

“The Government’s claim that the Māori Land Court and the current Act are primarily responsible for the lack of development of Māori land is not backed up by the evidence.

“The Minister has still not addressed the key concerns of the Waitangi Tribunal, that is to establish what the key barriers to the use of Māori land actually are.

 

“Measures that are critical to the implementation of the Bill are still in the wānanga design phase, including the Māori Land Service replacing core functions of the Māori Land Court process.

“The importance of the institutional knowledge of the Māori Land Court has long been identified by landowners as a vital resource that needed to be maintained in any reform. National and the Māori Party should not rush changes without providing information on how the new Māori Land Service is proposed to operate.

 

“The ability for Māori customary and freehold land to be confiscated under the Public Works Act is not addressed in this Bill, despite it being raised by many submitters throughout the consultation process.

 

“Minister Flavell needs to go back to the drawing board and bring forward a plan that will ensure Māori land is both protected and effectively utilised for the benefit of our people”, Ms Roche said.

Latest Te Tiriti O Waitangi Announcements

Democracy, human rights, and te Tiriti of Waitangi

Aotearoa can have a flourishing democracy with te Tiriti o Waitangi as its foundation. We can be proud of our democracy compared to many other coun...
Read More

Policy

Kaupapa Māori

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Kaupapa Māori Aotearoa New Zealand can be a country where tikanga is respected, racism is eliminat...
See More

Policy

Te Tiriti o Waitangi Policy

Click here for our 2020 Election Priorities for Te Tiriti Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a fundamental part of Aotearoa New Zealand’s constitution. We ar...
See More

Story

Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Read More

Story

OIA reforms mean more attention to nature and cultural values

The Green Party welcome proposed changes to the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) that will see stronger controls on applications by overseas interests...
Read More

Story

Aotearoa history to be taught in all schools

The Government’s commitment to ensure New Zealand history is taught in all schools by 2022 is part of a landmark day for our nation’s story, said G...
Read More

Latest Māori Development Announcements

Story

Systemic racism rooted in Māori victimisation report

The Ministry of Justice Māori victimisation report, released today, reinforces what we already know about the impact of systemic racism in Aotearoa...
Read More

Story

RocketLab failing to properly consult with Hapū: Greens meet with ngā uri o Rongomaiwahine

Sunday 28th March, 70 Rongomaiwahine descendants welcomed members of the Green Party’s Māori Caucus, Te Mātāwaka, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere and Teanau ...
Read More

Story

Kāinga Ora borrowing ability should be increased, while ensuring a Te Tiriti o Waitangi based, community-focused approach

The new homes enabled through additional borrowing capacity for Kāinga Ora announced by Government today must have a Te Tiriti o Waitangi lens, hav...
Read More

Story

Seaweek: Green Party calls on New Zealanders to make submissions supporting Waiheke Rāhui to protect declining kaimoana

The Green Party supports the Rāhui placed around Waiheke Island by Ngāti Pāoa to protect declining kaimoana and as part of Seaweek, is asking New Z...
Read More

Story

Greens welcome long-overdue Matariki public holiday announcement

The Green Party welcomes the announcement by the Prime Minister today of the first Matariki holiday date (24 June 2022).
Read More

Story

Now we have a chance to share our whakapapa

Green Party spokesperson for Education Teanau Tuiono welcomes the Government’s first step to implementing our own history into curriculum.
Read More