Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jan 28, 2016 17:39:55 GMT 12
Winston Peters wants Treaty principles scrapped from RMA
Winston Peters has called for the scrapping of Treaty references in the RMA. The leader of NZ First said last night in his State of the Nation speech, that the laws encourage separatism, but the Māori Party says Peters comments are a joke.
Winston Peters is at it again. He says, "Māori are a part of the community not separate from the community, and when you make that mistake you're segmenting people off on the basis of race."….
Pro-democracy group, Democracy Action, says Winston Peters’ highlighting of the National and Maori Party’s proposed Resource Management Act reform, which provides a pathway for iwi to become consenting authorities, should be a wake-up call to New Zealanders who believe in our democratic institutions, and equality under the law. Democracy Action Chairman, Lee Short, says:
“What National has agreed to with the Maori Party creates a pathway to a parallel iwi consenting process whereby unelected bodies could determine resource allocation and impose conditions on development.”
“RMA processes should be about sensible development, protecting the environment, and democratic decision making, not about developing various forms of undemocratic joint consenting arrangements between locally elected councils and iwi bodies.”
“So far this deal between National and the Maori Party has largely remained behind closed doors. We welcome Mr Peters' bringing these controversial provisions to the public’s attention. The National Party promised less bureaucracy, and a streamlining of the resource consent process. Instead, by providing for greater iwi participation in planning and consenting decisions at various points, the Bill introduces measures at odds with this intention."