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The Maori Pary has said:
The Maori Party say a cultural impact assessment clause in Auckland’s Draft Unitary Plan is a good idea, and that people focusing on race and cost are missing the big picture.
Te Ururoa Flavell, Maori Party Co-leader says “the provision in the plan to seek a cultural impact assessment from mana whenua on certain sites tagged for development is a good thing. It’s good because Maori have knowledge, history and a unique cultural perspective that can and will add value to our resource management decisions.”
“We are, however, shocked and disappointed with some of the reactions to the proposal. It tells us that our Maori culture, our knowledge, and our history are still treated as second class here in Aotearoa.”
Shane Jones is opposed. Does this mean they are saying Shane Jones is treating Maori as second class citizens? Surely not.
I’m with Shane on this one. But am still waiting to hear if even a single other Labour MP agrees with Shane.
Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.