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Treaty of Waitangi

ACT The Liberal Party Rodney Hide

Claims should be promptly settled where land was unlawfully taken or improperly compensated, if we can identify the descendants of those who were wronged
Set a final date for lodging historical claims
Ensure that all cases before the Waitangi Tribunal are heard and determined by 2008
Appoint to the Waitangi Tribunal people known for their ability to apply the rules of evidence rigorously to get at what truth can be discovered at this distance, and to reject the rest
Amend the Treaty of Waitangi Act first and third Treaty articles by which the Crown received "absolutely forever the complete government of [New Zealand]" and in which the Crown undertook to protect all the ordinary people of New Zealand and [to] give them the same rights and duties of citizenship

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Metiria Turei

Require that all international treaties give full effect to Aotearoa/New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi responsibilities and obligations
Support the comprehensive study of New Zealand history, including Te Tiriti o Waitangi, at all curriculum levels, in order to reduce racism and foster a sense of identity in our communities
Reject the use of the Conservation Estate as a cheap source of land for Treaty settlements

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Dr Michael Cullen

All historical Treaty claims to be lodged by 1 September 2008, with the aim of settling all claims by 2020
We will continue to negotiate and settle claims with mandated groups, and to support multiple iwi settlements
Keep Treaty settlement processes under review to ensure that they meet the needs of both iwi and the Crown
Work on streamlining the settlement legislation process so that settlements benefit those intended without being unduly held up by the complexities of passing enabling legislation through Parliament
Work with Maori to establish post-settlement governance entities to ensure Maori have the appropriate mechanisms in place to manage their affairs and future development to meet their self identified goals

Maori Party
Te Ururoa Flavell  
National Party of New Zealand Christopher Finlayson

Complete historical Treaty of Waitangi grievance settlements by 2010
Remove inappropriate references to the ‘principles’ of the Treaty from legislation
Give all citizens an equal say in decision-making.
Remove race-based funding from education and health

New Zealand First Pita Paraone

End Treaty of Waitangi grievance industry
Ensure government expenditure is based on need, not on race
Remove all references to ‘principles’ of the Treaty from legislation
Replace the Waitangi Tribunal and refocus operations and research
Set five year deadline for lodging of historical claims and require reporting on claims to be completed by 2012
Resolve historical claims by 2015

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner


Ensure that the Treaty is a document for all New Zealanders
Establish a time limit of two years for the lodging of any further historical claims in order to provide certainty about the process
Commit to a goal of 2010 for the settlement of historical grievances, and resource the claims process to ensure that this becomes a reality
Ensure that settlements fit within the norms of a modern liberal democratic society
Ensure that statutory Treaty of Waitangi fisheries management requirements such as those within the framework of the Fisheries Act will continue to be met

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