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US election cover won’t save Māori Party

Under the cover of the United States election the Māori Party have again done the business of National, this time on the amendments to the RMA, says Labour Environment spokesperson David Parker. 

“These amendments are currently dead unless the Māori Party does National’s bidding to save a drowning Nick Smith.

“The fundamentally flawed RMA Bill process has been a shambles, with the Bill reported back to Parliament without amendments after 11 months at select committee. National members blocked any report from the Committee to Parliament, despite the Clerk of Parliament saying this would be extraordinary. 

“Labour’s blocked minority bill on the flaws in the Bill is attached. 

“The Māori Party has now agreed to vote with National to support the Bill proceeding. The Māori Party are agreeing to changes that will undermine the environment and confer outrageous regulation making powers on the Minister to overrule councils. 

“National does not have the votes to pass these latest changes to the RMA without the Māori Party, and voters will take note.   

“Māori roll voters are suffering under a National government propped up by the Māori Party. They are disproportionately suffering unemployment, unaffordable rents and low wages. Home ownership amongst Māori has plummeted. 

“Voters will punish the Māori Party at the next election,” says David Parker.