Debate over the Treaty’s role in NZ constitution

Debate over the Treaty’s role in NZ constitution

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The Government and the Maori Party has initiated a review
of NZ’s constitution and wants to find out
what the public thinks. Today the first of a series
of meetings was held. They plan to cover the country
to gather people’s views on what the constitution
should look like. One of the main discussions
includes the Treaty of Waitangi. When the Tribunal completes
all settlement claims, what happens next? Perhaps some might think the Treaty should be put
in the basement of some museum. However, Maori expects the Treaty
to retain a measure of power that allows for
negotiations to continue between Maori authorities, such as our iwi corporations
and our federations – to continue having discussions
with the Government face-to-face. Another main issue is looking at whether or not to scrap
the Maori seats in Parliament.

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