10 Apr 2012

Claim mana lost because Tiriti not founding document

6:27 am on 10 April 2012

A branch of the Independent Constitutional Transformation Working Group says the loss of Te Reo and the police raid on Ruatoki would not have happened if Te Tiriti o Waitangi was truly a founding document.

The rangatahi ropu (group), is due to meet with tangata whenua within the seven Maori electorates this year, as is its parent body.

The group is examining how a constitution might be based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

A member of the young persons' division, Misty Harrison of Whanganui, says it's doing important mahi (work).

She highlights the police raid on Ruatoki in 2007 and the Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into the running of Maori pre-schools as reasons why Te Tiriti o Waitangi should have been acknowledged as the country's constitution.