$56.1m to sort out Maori land ownership – but Mahuta will be cheered if the land remains undeveloped

Delivering for Māori and the whenua.  

In this, Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced that Budget 2019 has allocated $56.1 million over four years towards implementing the Whenua Māori Programme which Mahuta announced in February.  

She described this as “a strategic investment into the development of whenua, Māori freehold landowners and their whānau.”

Among the objectives, the programme will support Māori landowners, trustees and whānau including those who are ready to apply for further  public funding through the Provincial Growth Fund.  Continue reading “$56.1m to sort out Maori land ownership – but Mahuta will be cheered if the land remains undeveloped”

Paisley’s political plight spotlights a recall process which NZ could adopt

The Electoral (Integrity) Bill, designed to prevent MPs from switching parties and one of Labour’s concessions to NZ First in the coalition talks, is being examined by a select committee which is due to report back to the House by July 30.

The bill amends the Electoral Act 1993

“ … to enhance public confidence in the integrity of the electoral system by upholding the proportionality of political party representation in Parliament as determined by electors”.

But it has been widely denounced.  This critique at The Spinoff, for example, said:

It demonstrates how far our political parties in Parliament have wandered away from us, the voters in the electorates. In a system where party loyalty reigns supreme, what is left of our representative democracy?”

Continue reading “Paisley’s political plight spotlights a recall process which NZ could adopt”