Maori Party under fire over bill and RMA reforms

'Their agenda aligns with their National Government masters': Whaitiri

'Their agenda aligns with their National Government masters': Whaitiri

Meka Whaitiri

LABOUR’S Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri continues to criticise the Maori Party over the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill and its support for the Government’s Resource Management Act reforms.

“Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is pushing ahead with controversial Maori land reforms (under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill), which have been widely slammed by the Waitangi Tribunal, Maori Land Court judges and the vast majority of submitters to the select committee that recently sat in Gisborne,’’ said Ms Whaitiri.

“Mr Flavell and co-leader Marama Fox like to claim wins for Maori by bragging about being at the table, but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people.”

Ms Whaitiri said the Maori Party’s voting record showed its true agenda

“The Maori Party’s pretence of being an independent voice for Maori is a sham and it’s clear their agenda is a neo-liberal one that aligns with their National Government masters. While all eyes were on the US election, the Maori Party cut a deal with National to pass the massively unpopular Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms.

“These reforms have been opposed by submitters including Local Government New Zealand, many regional and district councils, all environmental NGOs, the New Zealand Law Society and numerous others. “

Mr Flavell has defended the RMA reforms, which give Maori greater involvement with councils in the consenting process. He would not support moves to prioritise economic concerns over environmental protections, he said.

The Maori Party had won “significant gains” with iwi participation agreements, which went beyond anything that currently existed outside of Treaty settlement, he said.

Ms Whaitiri said the Maori Party had a confidence and supply agreement with National, but was not getting much “payback’.

“Labour has the potential to have the highest number of Maori MPs in Cabinet,” she said. “Voters who see through the Maori Party’s empty claims of being an independent voice for Maori will send them a strong message at the next election.”

LABOUR’S Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri continues to criticise the Maori Party over the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill and its support for the Government’s Resource Management Act reforms.

“Maori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell is pushing ahead with controversial Maori land reforms (under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill), which have been widely slammed by the Waitangi Tribunal, Maori Land Court judges and the vast majority of submitters to the select committee that recently sat in Gisborne,’’ said Ms Whaitiri.

“Mr Flavell and co-leader Marama Fox like to claim wins for Maori by bragging about being at the table, but they’re just propping up the National Government that sees increasing inequality and decreasing prosperity for our people.”

Ms Whaitiri said the Maori Party’s voting record showed its true agenda

“The Maori Party’s pretence of being an independent voice for Maori is a sham and it’s clear their agenda is a neo-liberal one that aligns with their National Government masters. While all eyes were on the US election, the Maori Party cut a deal with National to pass the massively unpopular Resource Management Act (RMA) reforms.

“These reforms have been opposed by submitters including Local Government New Zealand, many regional and district councils, all environmental NGOs, the New Zealand Law Society and numerous others. “

Mr Flavell has defended the RMA reforms, which give Maori greater involvement with councils in the consenting process. He would not support moves to prioritise economic concerns over environmental protections, he said.

The Maori Party had won “significant gains” with iwi participation agreements, which went beyond anything that currently existed outside of Treaty settlement, he said.

Ms Whaitiri said the Maori Party had a confidence and supply agreement with National, but was not getting much “payback’.

“Labour has the potential to have the highest number of Maori MPs in Cabinet,” she said. “Voters who see through the Maori Party’s empty claims of being an independent voice for Maori will send them a strong message at the next election.”

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