Time to rejuvenate Crown/Maori relations: Davis

Kelvin Davis is the first Cabinet minister to hold the newly-formed portfolio as Crown/Maori Relations Minister. He will hold a hui at Manutuke Marae next Saturday.

CROWN/Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis is to hold a hui at Manutuke Marae next Saturday morning to help “rejuvenate” the relationship between the Government and Maori.

Mr Davis is the first Cabinet minister to hold the newly-formed portfolio, which focuses on “the health of the Crown/Maori relationship” and “working more effectively with Maori on initiatives that will benefit Maori and the nation”.

The Government is gathering public feedback on achieving those goals.

Mr Davis said his initial aims included improving the way government departments engaged with Maori and responded to Maori issues, ensuring Treaty settlement obligations were honoured, and finding new and different opportunities for a more active partnership between the Crown and Maori.

“With the Treaty settlement process drawing to a close, the time is right to look beyond the negotiating table and rejuvenate the relationship between the Crown and Maori,” he said.

“Too often in the past the Crown has told Maori what their relationship will be. That’s not a mistake this Government will make.

“Before finalising the scope and priorities of the Crown/Maori portfolio — exactly how the portfolio is going to foster a healthier relationship between the Crown and Maori — I want to listen widely and hear ideas from across New Zealand.

“I have begun to meet with Maori and non-Maori national organisations but also want to talk to groups and people around the country, including runanga, hapu and rangatahi, about what the relationship should look like.

“Everyone is welcome at our hui,” said Mr Davis.

“This Government wants to create a thriving, sustainable and future focused economy and environment. That’s why we’re focused on reducing poverty and inequality, better housing, better jobs and higher incomes.

“To help achieve this, and deliver real benefits for Maori, the Crown/Maori relationship must be strong.”

In an opinion-editorial in today’s Herald (page 13), Mr Davis says, “for the last 178 years, too often the Crown has told Maori what their relationship is.

‘‘As the first Minister for Crown/Maori Relations, I’m not taking that approach.

“If there is to be a genuine, two-way relationship it means both parties have a right speak and both have to listen.”

Next Saturday’s hui will be the seventh of 16 to be held. Mr Davis is in Nelson today.

Apart from attending a hui, people can also make submissions on the online feedback form at www.justice.govt.nz/crown-maori or post ideas to Crown/Maori Relations Scope Feedback, Freepost Authority 254825, Crown/Maori Relations, PO Box 180, Wellington 6140.

Submissions close at 5pm on May 30.

The hui at Manutuke Marae starts at 10am.

CROWN/Maori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis is to hold a hui at Manutuke Marae next Saturday morning to help “rejuvenate” the relationship between the Government and Maori.

Mr Davis is the first Cabinet minister to hold the newly-formed portfolio, which focuses on “the health of the Crown/Maori relationship” and “working more effectively with Maori on initiatives that will benefit Maori and the nation”.

The Government is gathering public feedback on achieving those goals.

Mr Davis said his initial aims included improving the way government departments engaged with Maori and responded to Maori issues, ensuring Treaty settlement obligations were honoured, and finding new and different opportunities for a more active partnership between the Crown and Maori.

“With the Treaty settlement process drawing to a close, the time is right to look beyond the negotiating table and rejuvenate the relationship between the Crown and Maori,” he said.

“Too often in the past the Crown has told Maori what their relationship will be. That’s not a mistake this Government will make.

“Before finalising the scope and priorities of the Crown/Maori portfolio — exactly how the portfolio is going to foster a healthier relationship between the Crown and Maori — I want to listen widely and hear ideas from across New Zealand.

“I have begun to meet with Maori and non-Maori national organisations but also want to talk to groups and people around the country, including runanga, hapu and rangatahi, about what the relationship should look like.

“Everyone is welcome at our hui,” said Mr Davis.

“This Government wants to create a thriving, sustainable and future focused economy and environment. That’s why we’re focused on reducing poverty and inequality, better housing, better jobs and higher incomes.

“To help achieve this, and deliver real benefits for Maori, the Crown/Maori relationship must be strong.”

In an opinion-editorial in today’s Herald (page 13), Mr Davis says, “for the last 178 years, too often the Crown has told Maori what their relationship is.

‘‘As the first Minister for Crown/Maori Relations, I’m not taking that approach.

“If there is to be a genuine, two-way relationship it means both parties have a right speak and both have to listen.”

Next Saturday’s hui will be the seventh of 16 to be held. Mr Davis is in Nelson today.

Apart from attending a hui, people can also make submissions on the online feedback form at www.justice.govt.nz/crown-maori or post ideas to Crown/Maori Relations Scope Feedback, Freepost Authority 254825, Crown/Maori Relations, PO Box 180, Wellington 6140.

Submissions close at 5pm on May 30.

The hui at Manutuke Marae starts at 10am.

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