WAATEA NEWS COLUMN: Treaty Principles Bill is dangerous and flawed while breaching International standards

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There are two versions of the Treaty, the Māori version and the English version.

The Māori version enshrines Tino rangatiratanga.

International law states that where a treaty exists between two nations, then the indigenous version must take precedent.

To proceed with ACT’s race baiting, race war inducing Treaty Principles Bill utterly undermines the International Law that spells out the indigenous version takes precedence.

ACT’s proposal ‘sounds’ good…

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…until you realise the purpose of the Bill.

The Treaty Principles Bill is a Trojan Horse policy that amputates any obligation by the State to work with Māori.

ACT claims this doesn’t impact the Treaty, but that’s a terribly disingenuous statement, because while it doesn’t impact the Treaty, it impacts the States responsibility to work with Māori.

Enact this Bill and the State doesn’t have to work with Māori at all meaning the Treaty and its obligations become meaningless.

ACT are still pushing for this terrible idea to be adopted, the moment we are not paying attention, the Political Right will try this on.

We must stay alert on the Treaty Principles Bill.

 

First published on Waatea News.

20 COMMENTS

  1. I’m coming more and more to the conclusion that NZ needs to reinstate an upper house – composed entirely of iwi members, tasked with the sole purpose of overseeing and regulating legislation passed by the lower house.
    To my mind, that would be giving full weight to the treaty of Waitangi.

  2. Parliament enacted multiple references into domestic legislation to the principles of the treaty. Parliament is not bound by the Crown’s treaties and can remove them. Most developed countries have a Constitution so you don’t get this problem.

  3. Why should we “work with Maori” any more than we should work with the Hindu, Chinese, Muslim or any other ethnic or religious group?

    Maori will only start to act like adults when we treat them like adults.

    • dick head act voter right there .Maori should have way more than they currently have .Just look at how much land was stolen from them .Maybe they should be compensated at current market rates .I note Ikea just paid 15000 per hectare for some land for forest .Multiply that by the millions of hectares stolen by the crown and then see how much potential wealth they have missed out on .Then there are the lost earnings from that land as well .so NZ OWS MAORI a shit load more than Maori owe NZ

  4. Treaties are non binding. Parliament never signed them
    Parliament is sovereign, not judges
    In a democracy the people tell Parliament what to do
    Constitutional changes can only be approved via a referendum or parliamentary supemajority
    Someone should have told Jacinda!!

  5. Treaties are non binding. Parliament never signed them
    Parliament is sovereign, not judges
    In a democracy the people tell Parliament what to do
    Constitutional changes can only be approved via a referendum or parliamentary supemajority
    Someone should have told Jacinda!!

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