This Bill was reported back in the previous Parliament. At that time the positions of the National Party and the Māori Party on the Bill were as follows:
Māori Party view
"At the first reading of this bill, the Māori Party raised a number of substantive questions about the value of this bill to hapū and iwi and the effects it may have.
"Questions were raised about the inadequate legal structures imposed on hapū and iwi during settlements and we asked if the model proposed by the bill would be sufficient to address those inadequacies. In particular, we made the point that the proposed waka umanga legal entity derails the possibility of hapū and iwi developing models of governance consistent with and expressive of tikanga Māori and tino rangatiratanga, and having those models duly recognised. We suggested that a more productive solution to current inadequacies could be found in Crown recognition of Māori governance entities, as formulated by hapū and iwi.
"The Māori Party was very interested to hear the views of submitters, and voted for the bill at its first reading to ensure that the views of hapū and iwi could be heard by the Māori Affairs Committee of Parliament. We note that our concerns about rangatiratanga and due recognition were also very much top of mind for hapū and iwi.
"Given the substantive concerns and opposition voiced by hapū and iwi on the Waka Umanga (Māori Corporations) Bill, the Māori Party cannot support it.
"More work is needed to resolve the inadequacies of current legal structures. For any such programme to be fruitful, it will need to proceed from a kaupapa-Māori basis, and also address wider concerns with Treaty settlements policy"
|Copyright: © NZ Parliamentary Library, 2009
|Except for educational purposes permitted under the Copyright Act 1994, no part of this document may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, including information storage and retrieval systems, other than by Members of Parliament in the course of their official duties, without the consent of the Parliamentary Librarian, Parliament Buildings, Wellington, New Zealand.This document may also be available through commercial online services and may be viewed and reproduced in accordance with the conditions applicable to those services.