Right decision not to rush Māori land Bill

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Māori Party president Tukoroirangi Morgan says Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell has made a “tika and pono” decision not to rush the most important piece of legislation currently facing Māori.

“As Māori we don’t rush matters of taonga tuku iho, so I applaud the Minister for refusing to pass Te Ture Whenua Māori Bill through Parliament in one or two days,” says Mr Morgan.

“Now we have more time to make even more improvements to Māori land reforms. We must get it right and that’ll happen if our people make the Government Māori on September 23.

“We will never forget the treachery of the Labour Party which in one day passed the foreshore and seabed law that confiscated Māori land rights. So unlike Labour, we will make sure this Bill and the reforms are done right. We must leave behind an enduring and solid legacy for our children yet to come.”