28 Oct 2008

Maori Party says many immigrants don't want to integrate

3:42 pm on 28 October 2008

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says reaction to the party's immigration policy shows many people who come to live in New Zealand are hostile to Maori concerns.

The policy calls for completion of a course on the history of Aotearoa and the Pacific as a condition of receiving citizenship, but Mrs Turia says reaction to the proposal is concerning.

"Because that tells us we have got people coming into this country who bring with them the prejudices of their own country here, and have no desire to have a relationship with tangata whenua and nor do they want to integrate fully into the life of this country."

However, she says she is heartened by some migrant groups who seek out treaty training and engagement with tangata whenua.