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We need a fresh look at the Treaty of Waitangi

We need a fresh look at the Treaty of Waitangi

Every group needs an equal say — granting unique power to anyone is a quick path to a divided nation. Big changes are being discussed over the way political power is shared, changes that should make all Kiwis sit up and take notice. There is definitely a conversation to be had about Maori aspirations, but […]

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Too much to ask of the Waitangi Tribunal

Last week the Waitangi Tribunal released its findings from the first stage of its hearing into claims from the Far North tribes. The claim is known as ‘Wai 1040’ and the Tribunal’s report highlights everything that is wrong with the way the Treaty is now being applied in New Zealand. In a nutshell, the Treaty […]

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Ethics shouldn’t have to be the Election Issue

What an indictment of our democracy that it’s the behaviour of our political actors that has captured the imagination of the media rather than their policies. Whether this is because the media is so lightweight that it couldn’t do analysis of policy if it tried, whether it’s because there is little policy of content to […]

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Labour’s candidate for Kaikoura wants to license recreational fishers

It isn’t often the Morgan Foundation honours our politicians, but then it isn’t often they are brave enough to take positions of true leadership. Labour’s candidate for Kaikoura, Janette Walker, has put forward the idea of licensing recreational fishers between 18-65 and using the revenue to fund an advocacy group. Suggesting licensing to a community […]

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We need a fresh look at the Treaty of Waitangi

Limits to the Treaty of Waitangi partnership

For decades New Zealanders have listened to influential lawyers and political leaders talking about a ‘Treaty partnership’ between Maori and the rest of society (or the ‘Crown’). Significant changes to the way we govern ourselves as a country have been introduced in the name of the Treaty partnership. The Independent Maori Statutory Board (IMSB) set […]

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