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Minister evasive over risks to Māori land

Māori landowners concerned about further loss of land resulting from planned reforms to Māori land laws will be disappointed with the evasive answer given by the Māori Development Minister in Parliament today, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“I challenged Te Ururoa Flavell on whether his Bill will allow freehold Māori land to be reclassified as general land and then sold off to the highest bidder.

“Rather than refute this, he essentially said ‘wait and see until the Bill reaches Parliament’.

“His evasiveness should ring alarm bells for Māori landowners,” says Meka Whaitiri.