24 Aug 2012

More discussion needed on role of Treaty - professor

11:00 am on 24 August 2012

A constitutional advisory panel member says there is not enough discussion going on about the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the general population.

Professor Ranginui Walker is part of the 12-strong independent group that will examine, among other things, whether there should be a written constitution, and what role of the Treaty of Waitangi would play in its development.

The process will take three years.

Dr Walker told the Human Rights Commission's diversity forum that the role of the Treaty in New Zealand's constitutional arrangement is the most complex topic his panel is facing.

He says while schools and those involved in Waitangi Tribunal proceedings are discussing the Treaty, the general population isn't, and that's a problem.