Tag: The Maori Party

Māori Party continues to oppose the TPP

Press Release – The Maori Party The Mori Party will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill that will be introduced in Parliament today.12 May 2016 Māori Party continues to oppose the TPP The Māori Party will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill that will be introduced in Parliament today. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says a recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal confirms concerns that the TPP could have a “chilling effect” on the Crown’s ability to meet its Treaty obligations. “While the Treaty exception clause generally permits the Government to take measures that favour Māori, there is some uncertainty as to how the Treaty exception will actually be interpreted,” he says. “We agree with the Tribunal’s findings that we simply don’t know whether the exception will ultimately prove to be the effective protection of Māori interests the Crown says it is,” Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says. “Uncertainty also remains that the ratification of the TPP could mean a less active protection of Māori interests in the future,” she says. “It is for Māori to define their interests and tell the Crown how they might best be protected. Māori are not just another interest group; and as the Crown’s Treaty partner their interests are always entitled to active protection,” she says. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says: “We are not anti-trade and we understand...

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Māori Party Present Submission on TPPA to Select Committee

Press Release – The Maori Party Throughout the lead up to the first reading of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement legislation the Mori Party have taken a clear stand that they are opposed to the legislation.21 April 2016 Māori Party Present Submission on TPPA to Select Committee Throughout the lead up to the first reading of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement legislation the Māori Party have taken a clear stand that they are opposed to the legislation. At the Foreign Affairs and Trade Select Committee hearing hosted earlier this week in Parliament, the Māori Party spoke to its submission. “We are very pleased we took up the opportunity to present our point of view and were ably represented by our vice president Su Cullen,” says President Naida Glavish. “We are not anti-trade, we are pro the Treaty of Waitangi. We are voicing our concerns around engagement with Tangata Whenua as the Government has failed to get informed consent from us as required under the United National Declaration of Rights for Indigenous People (UNDRIP) and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The TPPA negotiations could have involved a bonafide engagement with Māori. This did not occur.” Naida Glavish points out that successive governments have failed to adequately address Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Māori rights and as a result the Māori Party does not have confidence in the Crown on its own...

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The Māori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA

Press Release – The Maori Party The Mori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA Mounting concerns about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on tangata whenua are shared by the Mori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, as final negotiations continue …The Māori Party stands firmly opposed to the TPPA Mounting concerns about the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement on tangata whenua are shared by the Māori Party Co-leaders Marama Fox and Te Ururoa Flavell, as final negotiations continue in Hawaii. “We have received no assurances that the Government has considered the full impact of the TPPA on their Treaty of Waitangi obligations nor have we received any assurances that the rights of hapū, iwi and Māori will be protected under this international agreement,” says Mrs Fox. To that end, the Māori Party supports the current claims lodged with the Waitangi Tribunal and looks forward to seeing the Tribunal’s recommendations. Mr Flavell says, “We worry about the consequences of a such a significant trade agreement when Māori have not been properly consulted, been part of the negotiations or privy to the details of the deal.” “Māori have traded offshore since the late 1700s and we are not opposed to free trade per se. What we want to know is that our Treaty rights are fully protected. “At the very least, we would expect to...

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Maori Party – ‘The land is where the value lies’

Press Release – The Maori Party The Maori Party has labelled Shearers new policy aimed at restricting foreigners from purchasing houses as lip-service, and has challenged the Labour Party to commit to real action to protect the assets of Aotearoa by extending their policies …Monday 29 July 2013 Maori Party – ‘The land is where the value lies’ The Maori Party has labelled Shearer’s new policy aimed at restricting foreigners from purchasing houses as ‘lip-service’, and has challenged the Labour Party to commit to real action to protect the assets of Aotearoa by extending their policies to prevent the sale of land and strategic assets into all and any foreign ownership. “The Maori Party have a clear policy on land ownership, we must protect and preserve our land to keep it from falling into foreign ownership. The Labour Party’s housing policy, which would restrict foreigners from purchasing houses, is nonsensical as it discriminates against which foreigners it exempts and does nothing to protect the asset of true value to the people of Aotearoa – the land.” “On one hand the Labour Party want to limit the purchase of residential property by overseas investors, but on the other they promote and support the free trade agenda which is entirely about easing rules for foreigners to do business, and invest in New Zealand assets.” “There are other ways to do business...

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Maori Party – ‘The land is where the value lies’

Press Release – The Maori Party The Maori Party has labelled Shearers new policy aimed at restricting foreigners from purchasing houses as lip-service, and has challenged the Labour Party to commit to real action to protect the assets of Aotearoa by extending their policies …Monday 29 July 2013 Maori Party – ‘The land is where the value lies’ The Maori Party has labelled Shearer’s new policy aimed at restricting foreigners from purchasing houses as ‘lip-service’, and has challenged the Labour Party to commit to real action to protect the assets of Aotearoa by extending their policies to prevent the sale of land and strategic assets into all and any foreign ownership. “The Maori Party have a clear policy on land ownership, we must protect and preserve our land to keep it from falling into foreign ownership. The Labour Party’s housing policy, which would restrict foreigners from purchasing houses, is nonsensical as it discriminates against which foreigners it exempts and does nothing to protect the asset of true value to the people of Aotearoa – the land.” “On one hand the Labour Party want to limit the purchase of residential property by overseas investors, but on the other they promote and support the free trade agenda which is entirely about easing rules for foreigners to do business, and invest in New Zealand assets.” “There are other ways to do business...

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