Post by Kiwi Frontline on Sept 21, 2016 17:06:33 GMT 12
KERMADECS NEGOTIATIONS AFFECT GOVT STABILITY, ENGLISH ADMITS
Deputy Prime Minister Bill English admits negotiations around the proposed Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary are also about the stability of the government.
Legislation enabling the marine reserve has been delayed, because the Māori Party and Māori fisheries body Te Ohu Kaimoana say it tramples on Treaty rights.
Mr English said it would be a few weeks before arrangements for further discussions were finalised, including who would be holding talks with whom.
"It's a bit of a different negotiation," he said.
"Like we're not negotiating with Te Ohu Kaimoana, we're negotiating with the Māori Party - and as they've indicated, there are confidence and supply issues involved here so it probably makes sense for me to be involved with it.....