Greens announce Maori policy

The Greens are announcing their Maori policy today. This was presumably planned well in advance, but it will be a welcome diversion from the Turei beneficiary issue

Metiria and Reb’s amazing speeches about the Green Party visions and plans to end poverty and lead with compassion.

Green Party will honour Te Tiriti in Government

The Green Party has today announced a set of commitments to honour and implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a new progressive government.

The commitments, announced at the Party’s Māori campaign launch today, will address ongoing Te Tiriti breaches, fix the Treaty settlement process so that it is just, fair and durable, and uphold Māori representation in local and central government.

“The Greens have the most consistent track record in Parliament of supporting Te Tiriti justice, and we will have the influence to deliver on kaupapa Māori and Te Tiriti issues as the heart of a new progressive government,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.
“We will review the settlement process and put an end to ‘full and final’ settlements, to allow settlements to be revisited where situations have changed or claimants were shut out of original negotiations.

“We will ensure claims can only be settled with the agreement of the original claimants and remove the Crown’s “large natural groupings” approach to settlements.

“Māori electorates and Māori wards in local government are incredibly important, because they guarantee that there are Māori representatives who are directly accountable to Māori voters.

“We will oppose any move for a referendum on the Māori electorates and will entrench them so that they could only be removed by a 75 percent vote of Parliament, and level the playing field for local government wards or constituencies by letting councils establish Māori wards without being overturned by a poll.

These commitments will make a real difference for hapū and iwi Māori and get us that much closer to truly honouring our founding document.

“We have more Māori candidates than ever before and are campaigning hard for the party vote from Māori voters, which is what will elect more Māori Green MPs and change the government,” Mrs Turei said.

The full announcement at www.greens.org.nz/te-tiriti

But:

If that’s representative of the vibe there it looks a funeral compared to Labour’s coronation of their new queen.

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6 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  August 6, 2017

    “We will review the settlement process and put an end to ‘full and final’ settlements, to allow settlements to be revisited where situations have changed or claimants were shut out of original negotiations.”

    Seeing a bit of a theme here with the Greens………..never-ending treaty claims, never-ending benefit payments, never-ending misery for taxpayers.

    “We will oppose any move for a referendum on the Māori electorates and will entrench them so that they could only be removed by a 75 percent vote of Parliament, and level the playing field for local government wards or constituencies by letting councils establish Māori wards without being overturned by a poll.”

    So Council’s can simply ignore the will of the people if it suits an agenda the Green party support? A vote for the Greens is a vote against democracy.

  2. Sorethumb

     /  August 6, 2017

    As I have been saying, Te Tiritti is flexy – flexy

  3. sorethumb

     /  August 6, 2017

    Te Teritti is tutti-frutti, flexi-wexi.

  4. Corky

     /  August 7, 2017

    Well, the Greens have no idea about things Maori. If they did they wouldn’t have allowed someone to open their mouth about benefit fraud thereby strengthening the public perception of Maori being feral at heart.

    The Greens have yet to learn Labours lesson regarding Maori. That’s why Willie was kept well up the list. Labour wanted his mana, but not him. Very disingenuous.

    The only thing worse would be someone voting for the racist Maori Party believing they actually care about you even if you aren’t Maori.

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