2 Jun 2010

Last-ditch bid to get Treaty clause in super-city bill

8:32 pm on 2 June 2010

The Maori Party is making a last-ditch effort to have the interests of mana whenua groups acknowledged by the Auckland super-city.

Te Tai Tonga MP Rahui Katene has put forward a supplementary order paper seeking to insert a Treaty of Waitangi clause into the Local Government (Auckland Law Reform) Bill.

She says it's unacceptable that local iwi have been excluded from a direct interest in a city encompassing such a large area and population.

Ms Katene told Waatea News that National supported the inclusion of a Treaty reference in its Emissions Trading Scheme reform bill, so she hopes it will do so again when the supplementary order paper is debated tonight or tomorrow.