Māori Party Co-Leader said today’s Te Tiriti Policy release is a 25 year strategy that would bringabout major change for Māori.
“Our policies are designed by Māori for Māori to Māori,” Tamihere said.
“They are not a 3 year lolly scramble. We must build a Māori middle class and we must break out ofa welfare dependency. We must move from poverty to employment. Only we Māori can bring thatchange.”
The Māori Party will
- establish a Māori Parliament
- register all Māori to the Māori Electoral Roll
- implement constitutional change
- return land to Iwi
- establish a Waitangi Parliamentary Commissioner to provide oversight on all Treaty issues
- entrench the Māori electoral seats
- Waitangi Tribunal Recommendations to be binding on the Crown
- insert relativity clauses into all settlements to ensure all Iwi have parity with Ngai Tahu and
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- remove racist provision that allows for local council decisions to establish Māori wards.
These demands are contained in the Māori Party Te Tiriti policy released in Waitangi.
“Article 1 of Te Tiriti awarded custodianship to the Crown,” Tamihere said. “We have never gave up ownership.
“Article 2 gave Māori the right to total control of all their domains, including land and water and Article 3 asserted that Māori would be treated equally with non-Maori.
“That is certainly not the case in 2020 New Zealand.”
Released at the Treaty Grounds, where Northern Māori signed the founding document with the Crown, was a fitting place for the Māori Party to release one of its flagship policies.
“We all want what was contracted for in Treaty to be delivered.”