Treaty’s future role brings NZ First and Māori Party into conflict
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Treaty’s future role brings NZ First and Māori Party into conflict

February 11, 2020

With Waitangi Day nearing, Treaty talk is hot on
the lips of politicians. Winston Peters and the Maori Party are at odds over the role
of the Treaty of Waitangi in the country’s constitution. Peata Melbourne has more. This is the document political parties are still
debating over to this day, asking if a constitution
has a place in Aotearoa under the Treaty of Waitangi. The Matike Mai Aotearoa Constitutional Transformation
Working Group has met with some iwi to
investigate the constitution. So far, the feedback clearly
indicates a broad-based Maori desire for that transformation to include
their protocols in everyday living. No representative
from Matike Mai Aotearoa were available to talk
to Te Karere today, but reports on their website
suggest debates should be about iwi being governing bodies, as opposed to being like a
sports team managed by the Crown. However, Winston Peters says
it will only cause separatism. Closet Maori or not, the
Government will wait for the report of the constitutional
group before they make any future decisions
about its relevance. Peata Melbourne, Te Karere.

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