New Zealand Labour Party

Māori Land reforms in disarray

Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell’s sudden announcement of wānanga on the proposed Maori Land Service is yet another example of policy on the fly and shows his Te Ture Whenua reforms are in disarray, says Labour’s Ikaroa-Rāwhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.

“This announcement was made just after the Federation of Maori Authorities (FOMA) spelled out a list of bottom-line demands including problematic clauses, technical issues and gaps in his Bill, including the lack of detail on the Māori Land Service (MLS).

“The MLS is critical to the proposed reforms, yet there is no information on its form and function in the legislation.

“Te Ururoa Flavell’s sudden announcement of these wānanga reveals how dysfunctional this reform process has become.

“To hold 23 wānanga over a three week period on such a critical part of the Bill represents more ad hoc policy development which I doubt will be of value to Māori landowners.

“With respect, the Minister doesn’t know how to run a consultation process.

“Rather than continue his poor consultation, Te Ururoa Flavell must take his Bill back to the drawing board and draft something more appropriate for all Māori land owners,” Meka Whaitiri says.