Mayors support Ture Whenua Māori bill

By Heta Gardiner
  • Northland
  • North Island: East Coast

Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell has received some significant support on theTure Whenua Maori Bill.

In a meeting with around 20 mayors from around the country, the minister spoke about the Bill.

Gisborne mayor Meng Foon and Far North mayor John Carter say they will be heavily affected by the changes.

John Carter says “We have a whole area of underutilised asset that is a liability for the owners, that is a liability for the community, and a liability for the country. And this turns it around. There are no losers, it’s all on the up and up, it’s great."

Meng Foon says “I support this bill. It helps land owners better utilise their land.”

This bill is controversial where those who oppose it say it weakens the role of the Maori Land Court and in addition Maori judges have also criticised the bill. 

The Waitangi Tribunal report on the bill, will be released tomorrow.