Minister of Māori Affairs Te Ururoa Flavell's Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill risks weakening protections for Māori land, by taking control of it from the people who own it and by allowing for its status as Māori land to be removed.
This is bad legislation. It has been strongly criticised by the Māori Land Court Judges, and it puts our land at risk.
Will you sign the open letter* calling for the Bill to be abandoned and the process to be started from scratch and done properly.
To Hon. Te Ururoa Flavel,
Please urgently withdraw your Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill - it is badly designed and puts Maori land at risk.
We are seriously concerned that this legislation will undermine the rights of Maori land owners and breach fundamental elements of tikanga Maori.
We are also concerned by the fact you attempted to block the Maori Land Court Judges’ submission to the Waitangi Tribunal on this issue.
We are calling for further discussion, initiated by Maori, engaging the Maori Land Court Judges, and the Law Commission before any review of the current law takes place.
Kia Hon. Te Ururoa Flavell
Ko te raru o te pire ‘Te Ture Whenua Māori’ kāore e āta tuhi, kaore hoki e taea te hunga Māori te mau i tō rātou ake whenua. Ko tō tātou tono kia whakakorengia tēnei pire ināia tonu nei.
Ko tō tātou tino āwangawanga mō te pire nei, ko te whakahāwea ō te rangatiratanga ō te iwi Māori i ō rātou ake whenua me tō rātou tikanga Māori hoki.
Kei te āwangawanga hoki tātou mō tō whakakorengia o te tāpaetanga tuhituhia e tukua mai i ngā Kaiwhakawā o te Kōti Whenua Māori ki te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi mō tēnei take.
I mua atu o tētahi arotake o te ture nei, he tika ki te kōrero tonu tātou te hunga Māori ki ngā Kaiwhakawā o te Kōti Whenua Māori me te Kōmihana Ture.