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Te Ture Whenua Reforms – Defunct for No 26 January 2018 (Edition 1/2018)

Late last year the Minister for Māori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, withdrew the Te Ture Whenua Bill from the legislative agenda. It was very close to passing under the former Minister, Te Ururoa Flavell, being in the final stage of the Parliamentary Committee of the Whole House.  But the Labour Party had campaigned hard against the Bill, and has now indicated they will progress only more limited amendments to current Māori land law.

With former Minister Te Ururoa Flavell out of Parliament, it was left to Chris Finlayson, to accuse the Government of throwing away an opportunity to support Māori development. In return the Government accused National / the Māori Party of wasting circa $5 million on the exercise that had (in their view) specious gains for Māori.

This area of policy is detailed, so we will write more on Māori land reforms once the new Government clarifies what it will and won’t progress – in particular the proposed Māori Land Service. However the headline is that nothing is going to happen fast given the removal from the Parliamentary agenda.