Budget 2021 recognises that what is good for Māori is good for all of Aotearoa, with more investment being made specifically to address problems disproportionately faced by Māori. There will no doubt be some ugly backlash against this from people who don’t want to see equity, but this is the future – a future for all people of Aotearoa.
We all know that something needs to be done about the water quality in our rivers and lakes in the South Island. Our natural environment is in a bad state and despite promises from elected officials for many years, action is long overdue. That is why Ngāi Tahu has notified the Government that we are going to court to force these matters to be addressed.
As the chair of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu, which represents South Island iwi Ngāi Tahu, I welcome healthy informed debate about the future of the Crown-Māori relationships. These debates must however avoid fear-mongering and vote-chasing. They must be informed by fact, and include the history of our country, and include the reality of iwi…
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