Māori Development Minister wants public buy-in
Concerns about the He Puapua report - on how to better uphold indigenous rights - are being dismissed by Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson.
Jackson has prepared a draft paper, setting out the next steps the government could take in response to He Puapua, which he says will go to Cabinet soon.
He Puapua was handed to former minister for Māori development Nanaia Mahuta in 2019 and suggests the establishment of a separate Māori parliament or upper house and a separate court. The government has never released the full report publicly and, because it has never been to Cabinet, it has not agreed a position on it.
The National and ACT parties were unimpressed, saying the report was separatist and divisive, but Jackson said it that was not the case.