2 Feb 2012

Consultation document on State assets tweaked

11:02 am on 2 February 2012

A draft copy of the Government's consultation document for Maori on partial asset sales shows several changes were made after the Maori Party raised concerns about Treaty obligations.

The Maori Party has threatened to pull its support for National, over the transfer of exisiting Treaty obligations to legislation covering the four energy companies tagged for partial sale.

The New Zealand Herald obtained the draft, which states the Government's preference is to have no Treaty clause in the legislation at all.

The final document contains three options, but no preference is expressed.

The draft also shows the statement saying the Government is committed to fulfilling its Treaty obligations was added at a later date.