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Special Interests - Mäori

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Abolish the Māori seats. The Royal Commission on the Electoral System considered that this should be done on the adoption of MMP
Aim to achieve one law for all New Zealanders by 2009
Set a final date for lodging historical claims

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Encourage the development of taiapure and mataitai/reserve initiatives searching for win-win solutions that respect both ecosystem protection and customary rights
Recognise the cultural heritage value of traditional Maori plants and animals, such as the kiore, and develop strategies to ensure these species are conserved in areas where they will not seriously threaten indigenous species
Support an increased role for tangata whenua as kaitiaki of their rohe
Support the continued expansion of kohanga reo and kura kaupapa Maori to ensure Maori language is retained and Maori styles of learning and teaching are supported in an environment where wairua is integral
Work with Maori based organisations and representative groups to develop a programme of enhancing rangatiratanga in Maori education at all levels, and provide adequate resources to support this

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Parekura Horomia

Continue to support the development and funding of governance courses and continue building relationships with Maori organisations
Support the development of governance structures capable of having a multi-dimensional role in managing resources from Treaty settlements and fisheries allocations
Ensure better utilisation of existing funds to support succession planning across the Maori development spectrum
Support the process established by the Mäori Fisheries Act to transfer assets and quota to Mäori
Develop and support strong strategic mutually beneficial relationships with the public sector for the betterment of quality Mäori tourism development

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Hon Georgina te Heuheu

Abolish Parliament’s Maori seats

New Zealand First Pita Paraone

Ensure that all policy-making is based on need and not on race, creed or colour
End the political correctness within the bureaucracy which is one of the greatest impediments to the social and economic development of both Maori and non-Maori
Repeal legislation which provides for separate Maori wards in local government
Provide mechanisms for Maori to be able to build houses on collectively owned land
Actively protect Maori language and culture, not under the guise of a Treaty obligation, but rather because they are the indigenous language and culture of New Zealand

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

Expand Kura Kaupapa, Maori immersion programmes and the initiation of children into Maori culture, including Te Reo Maori, where requested by parents
Encourage community partnerships to allow whanau, hapu and iwi to take some co-operative responsibility for social service delivery to their own people
Recognise the special place of Maori culture in New Zealand society

You can find the policy positions of more parties by checking these websites.
Alliance New Zealand
Democrats for Social Credit Direct Democracy Party
The Republic Party of New Zealand

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