The Government’s announcement that Serco will pay back some of the profits made from mismanaging our prisons is confirmation that National’s privatisation experiment is a complete failure, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“This shows just how much of a mess Judith Collins created and she should admit it’s failed.
Ko te papa e hora nei kua tarehua. E mihi ana ki te whenua e tangi ana ki te tangata. He tai papaki ki waho o Rehua, he tai mihinga tangata, he tai mate hoki. E te tohunga o te whakaiti. E te Ahorangi o te matauranga kua maunu to waka. Kua papā te kakau o to hoe ki te hīpapa o to waka tīwaiwai nō reira haere atu rā koe ki Hawaiki I whakataukitia ai e o tātou tūpuna. Nō reira haere e te kawa tūnuku, tūrangi, tūpapa I tu ai a Tane.
The Labour Party Maori Caucus joins the country in expressing our great sadness at the loss of esteemed Māori leader and academic Dr Ranginui Walker and our sympathies to his family.
The National Government must listen to the widespread opposition to the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) if it is to retain credibility with Māori, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The Iwi Leaders Forum met with Trade Minister Todd McClay and added their voice to the chorus of opposition against the TPPA.
“The Iwi Leaders Forum have sent a loud and clear message to the Government: say ‘No’ to the TPPA until you can provide assurances that Treaty of Waitangi obligations, our environment and the rights of hapū, iwi and Māori will be protected under this deal.
The Government should not be surprised if they have a TPP showdown with Ngapuhi at Waitangi. This is because they have failed to inform Maori about the implications of the free trade deal, says Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis.
“Ngapuhi kaumatua Kingi Taurua has said the Government is unwelcome at Waitangi because of his concern for his people.
“I understand his anxiety and emotion around this because the Government has failed to explain concerning details around the deal and Maori feel they’ve been kept in the dark.
The Government’s prison privatisation experiment has been an epic fail according to a performance report quietly released by the Department of Corrections, says Labour’s Corrections spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The prison management performance reports reveal what we’ve known for some time and that’s Serco failed to manage and safely contain the increasing problems inside Mt Eden.
“It’s a shambles and the Prime Minister needs to step in and take control of a potentially volatile and dangerous situation.
Labour is calling for an immediate review of the trustee appointment process at the Crown Forestry Rental Trust, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis.
“The recently released Court of Appeal judgement shows CFRT has reimbursed more than $2 million of legal costs to both the New Zealand Maori Council and the Federation of Maori Authorities who are embroiled in a legal battle that’s festered for more than five years.
“The Minister of Maori Development needs to review this situation as questions must be asked about the trustee appointment process and the ongoing costs which could be more than $5 million.