Enact the recommendations of the WAI 262 report
Seven years have passed since the Waitangi Tribunal report was released. https://www.waitangitribunal.govt.nz/news/ko-aotearoa-tenei-report-on-the-wai-262-claim-released/
It is past time that the government responded. Enacting the proposed legislation would guarantee a proper mechanism to develop the partnership between Māori and Crown to one of partnership. This would provide NZ with one of the important bases allowing the relationship to move from a colonial context to a partnership context. In particular it would make improvements to the conditions under which Māori cultural property is held in government institutions.
Ko Aotearoa Tēnei recommends reform of laws, policies or practices relating to health, education, science, intellectual property, indigenous flora and fauna, resource management, conservation, the Māori language, arts and culture, heritage, and the involvement of Māori in the development of New Zealand's positions on international instruments affecting indigenous rights. These recommendations include law changes and the establishment of new partnership bodies in several of these areas.
Why the contribution is important
Adopting the recommendations would substantially open the government to Māori in some very important ways.
by JanR on June 02, 2018 at 10:43PM