24 Jul 2009

Turia concerned Govt back-pedalling on UN declaration

4:08 pm on 24 July 2009

Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia says she is concerned the Government is back-pedalling on adopting the United Nations' Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Waatea News reports that under the previous Labour-led government, New Zealand was one of only four in the UN General Assembly to vote against the declaration and the Maori Party has been leaning on National to reverse that.

This week, Justice Minister Simon Power told the Maori Affairs Select Committee that the declaration could mean Parliament would be unable to pass laws without Maori consent, and it could also raise expectations of full compensation for land taken during colonisation.

Mrs Turia says the Government is being far too risk-adverse.