May 11, 2021

Maori News & Indigenous Views

Maori seats, Treaty status face review

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(Source | MARTIN KAY – Stuff) The size of Parliament, the length of government terms, Maori seats and the role of the Treaty of Waitangi will all come under the spotlight in a wide-ranging review of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements.

Whether there should be a written constitution will also be examined in the review, just announced by Deputy Prime Minister Bill english and Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples.

This morning’s announement follows a deal in the two parties’ confidence and supply agreement signed after the last election.

The agreement saw National drop plans to scrap the Maori seats after all Treaty claims were settled and agree they would not be abolished without Maori consent via a referendum. In return, the Maori Party suspended its policy of wanting the seats entrenched, meaning it would require 75 per cent of MPs to agree before they could be scrapped.

The confidence and supply agreement referred specifically to the review studying the ”wider constitutional issues” around Maori representation, as well as the role of the Treaty.

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