The Māori Development Minister needs to get real and admit he has not secured the broad-based support required to move ahead with the changes to Maori land laws, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“Te Ururoa Flavell has said he attended about a third of the 20 consultation hui, and claimed they all indicated support for the proposed changes.
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.
Asking the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to sign a 35-year water user agreement, on top of $80 million-plus of ratepayer investment earmarked for the Ruataniwha Dam, is the latest worrying sign the scheme is more sham than dam, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
“After five years of failing to secure necessary water-uptake from farmers and failing to secure institutional investors, Hawke’s Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) is now effectively asking the Regional Council and ratepayers to sell water to themselves.
Comments made by the Māori Development Minister about the Crown’s planned changes to Māori land legislation have reinforced the lack of support for the reforms and called into question the value of the consultation hui, says Labour’s MP for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti Meka Whaitiri.
“In the last few days I have attended six consultation hui in Whakatane, Te Kaha, Tokomaru Bay, Gisborne, Wairoa and Hastings.
Labour’s Maori caucus have paid tribute to the two mana wahine Maori Members of Parliament, Hon Iriaka Ratana and Hon Whetu Tirikatene Sullivan OSM, who were recognised alongside the original male Native MPs in a special event at Parliament today.
They were honoured after a request by Labour’s Manurewa MP Louisa Wall who says they deserved to be acknowledged alongside their male counterparts.
“Today was about recognising that between them they served our people for 50 years and their legacy enabled people like me to aspire to be in Parliament.
Last week my whānau took our mokopuna to the Powhiri for new students, at his new High school. So I was able to speak to a number of parents who had been thinking about what the future holds for their children. Parents and their tamariki in their last years of high school will be making some important life decisions.
Maybe their child will go into trades training, an apprenticeship or on to study at university they’ll face big fees and living expenses. Training for a career is exciting but the thought of big loans and debt is hardly the stuff of the great Kiwi dream. It makes all those other big life decisions – buying a house, marriage and having children – so much harder.
The disregard shown to the Waitangi Tribunal by the National-led Government and their support party the Maori Party is unacceptable and a warning sign of their desire to push through unpopular changes to laws governing Māori land, says Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri.
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.