COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

08:00pm - 11:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Crown fights TPPA Maori hearing

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

The crown has told the Waitangi Tribunal there is no point holding an urgent inquiry into claims against the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement.

The tribunal is considering what it should do with a claim by Papaarangi Reid, Moana Jackson and others that signing up the massive trade deal would compromise the crown’s ability to uphold the Treaty of Waitangi.

Other iwi groups asked to join in.

In its initial response, crown law says the TPPA could be agreed this month, so it is not realistic to conduct a meaningful inquiry and report before it is signed.

It says making foreign policy is consistent with the Crown's kawanatanga right under the treaty, and in any case it took reasonable steps to inform itself of Maori interests

Claimants have not demonstrated that significant and irreversible prejudice will be caused, and New Zealand has insisted that a robust Treay of Waitangi exceptions clause be included in the document.

Crown Law says many of the concerns of claimants are unfounded, as can be seen by the successful implementation of existing free trade agreements with no prejudice to Maori, and the fact that New Zealand has not yet needed to invoke the Treaty of Waitangi exceptions provision.


Copyright © 2015, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:

'Te Hononga' Urban Māori Stories
Why is the Politics of Kindness failing our poorest children?
The 2019 child poverty monitor report makes for grim reading...
ODT Cartoon outrage misplaced
We should collectively be righteously appalled at the tone deaf ODT cartoon that made light of the terrible measles epidemic that has killed over 50 children in Samoa. It was an ugly 'joke' that shouted white privilege, but calls to boycott the ODT, sack the cartoonist and the enormous social media wave of fury seem to me to be grotesquely misplaced.
A Collins' Guide to Cultural Colour Blindness
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Utilising ‘white’ as a metaphor for ‘a person or woman of colour’ conveys connotations of white superiority.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

08:00pm - 11:00pm