NZCPR, Summarised by Centrist
In 2017, Ardern won all Māori seats, and created the Māori-Crown Relations portfolio led by Kelvin Davis. Davis engaged with iwi in 20 meetings, including radical activists Harawira and Popata. The collaboration birthed the Office for māori-Crown Relations(Te Arawhiti), aiming to advance Māori interests.
“This radicalisation is evident in Tribunal decisions.”
Te Arawhiti helped design Treaty of Waitangi guidelines for policy. These guidelines prioritise Maori rights through questions tied to each Treaty article.
Former Judge Anthony Willy contends that the Waitangi Tribunal’s usefulness has faded and it fosters divisions. He believes the Tribunal fuels ethnic divides and benefits greedy tribal interests.
Willy advocates for winding up the Tribunal to aid social cohesion, allowing New Zealand to reclaim its unity and global status. He criticises the Government’s iwi power-sharing, deeming it damaging and undemocratic. He urges post-election actions to abolish the Tribunal and disband the Office of Māori-Crown Relations, perpetuating divisive separatism in public and private sectors.
Restoring unity is paramount.