13 Jun 2013

New unit to safeguard settlement promises

9:56 pm on 13 June 2013

The Government says it's taking steps to ensure its Treaty settlement promises with iwi are not broken.

It's in the process of developing a new team, called the Post Settlement Commitments Unit.

The Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Chris Finlayson, says the Crown wants to honour its word.

He says he's very keen to establish a post-settlement liaison with iwi, so that there are checks on whether the Crown is living up to the commitments it has made.

Mr Finlayson says if the new unit is effective, settlements will be durable.

The initial role of the Post Settlement Commitments Unit is to assess what help Government departments might need in implementing Treaty settlements.

It's being lead by Jane Fletcher, who was previously Deputy Director of the Office of Treaty Settlements.