6 Sep 2013

Maori Council threatens court action over Maori Act review

6:31 am on 6 September 2013

A member of the Maori Council says it is threatening court action over the funding of Maori wardens.

Hui are being held around the country to review the Maori Community Development Act, which oversees both the council and the wardens.

Maori Council deputy co-chair and Waipareira Trust chief executive, John Tamihere, said Maori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples is allowing the ministry to break the law.

Mr Tamihere said the current statutory oversight of the wardens is under the Maori Council and its districts. But money to manage the wardens is going to Te Puni Kokiri.

Mr Tamihere said the minister has been invited to reconsider this, and if that isn't accepted, the council will be forced to take a litigation.