A desperate Te Ururoa Flavell has resorted to fake news about Labour’s position on his unpopular Ture Whenua reforms, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“Labour’s position has always been clear. We will repeal the Minister’s poorly drafted and unwanted Bill.
“We stand with the Māori land-owners, the Waitangi Tribunal, Māori Land Court judges, whānau trusts, incorporations, Māori institutions, legal experts and academics who all oppose this constantly changing Bill.
“This Bill was the Māori Party’s flagship policy and it’s a complete mess.
“Te Ururoa Flavell’s Bill was side-lined because he knew he let down Māori by trying to push it through without a mandate.
“He’s treated the Waitangi Tribunal with contempt, disregarded the views of Māori land-owners and presided over the loss of centuries of institutional knowledge from the Māori Land Court.
“Now he’s doing fake news because he knows Māori voters want a change of government and his Māori Party is in trouble after nine years of supporting National while things have become worse for Māori.
“With the scaremongering from the Māori Party, it’s clear they don’t want to change the Government, they just want to back their National mates.
“Only a change of government will ensure the Minister’s botched Bill never happens.
“A Labour Government will scrap the Bill and ensure any further amendments to the existing Act are driven by land-owners and are aligned with the recommendations of the Waitangi Tribunal,” says Meka Whaitiri.