27 Apr 2006

Crown Task Force on Waitangi Issues - Part 1

From the collecton Treaty of Waitangi

Prime Minister Geoffrey Palmer has announced a new structure to streamline the government's handling of Treaty of Waitangi issues. The Crown Task Force on Waitangi issues will be led by Justice Minister Bill Jeffries who will be joined by five other ministers, among them Minister of Special Projects, Roger Douglas and Attorney General, David Lange. Mr Palmer talks about what the Task Force will be responsible for. Opposition spokesperson for Maori Affairs, Winston Peters, describes the plans as just another nothing. Professor Whatarangi Winiata says the government should invite Maori leaders to sit on the Task Force. He says the government still does not acknowledge Maoridom as an equal partner and is treating the Treaty as a race relations issue not a partnership issue (Part 1). (Sound Archives MR891215 Part 1 and 2)