Auckland city Council is failing in statutory obligations to the Treaty.

Auckland city Council is failing in statutory obligations to the Treaty.

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The Auckland City Council is
failing its statutory obligations to the Treaty for Maori. That’s why Maori still have
no say in how it’s run. These are the findings from the
latest audit of council operations conducted by an
independent Maori stat board. We’ll now cross live
to our reporter Irena Smith, who has more information
on the story, Irena. Since the establishment
of the Maori statutory board in the last two years, this has
been their first point of duty. An audit states the council lacked in many areas of the statutory
provisions that refer to the Treaty. But how can be resolved? It’s no surprise to Maori that councils have forgotten
their obligations to the Treaty. Despite the fact it’s written
in their policies and laws they don’t care. If that continues,
we’ll continue to fight. In 10 sections of the council
it’s been identified that the implementation
of the treaty strongly lacks. These areas will be addressed – knowledge of statutory obligations
to the Treaty of Waitangi, Policies principles,
rules and guidelines. Consultation and
engagement with Maori. Capacity of both Maori
and Auckland Council. The council says this is the
consequence of amalgamating eight councils, and of the huge
task the council has been left with. I’m happy this audit
has been done because Maori know they’re ignorant
when it comes to the Treaty. The Maori statutory board’s
main focus is to advance the interests of Maori and
strengthen opportunities for Maori. Hopefully the council will abide
to their recommendations. The Maori statutory board and
the council will now work together to address this issues. $150,000 was set aside
for the audit and work plan. The board is hopeful they’ll see results from
the council by the end of the year. Irena Smith,
thank you for that report.

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