21 Aug 2013

Maori Act up for change

9:04 am on 21 August 2013

The public is being offered a chance to have a say on proposed changes to the Maori Community Development Act.

The Act defines the powers and functions of Maori Wardens and the Maori Council, and covers the constitution of Maori committees and associations.

The Government is reviewing the 1962 Act following an inquiry by MPs launched nearly four years ago.

Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples on Tuesday announced a series of 19 hui nationwide.

The first will be at Te Paatu marae near Kaitaia on 3 September.

Dr Sharples said it's time for Maori to have a say on the future of the Act, the role of pan-Maori organisations and community development.