Another Waitangi Day approaches and protesters are out again and as usual they’ve got their blinkers on:
While anti-mining protesters are planning a torrid welcome for John Key at Waitangi tomorrow, the Prime Minister was close to receiving the cold shoulder from Te Tii Marae this year, Ngapuhi kaumatua Kingi Taurua says. . .
Mr Taurua today confirmed the decision to allow Mr Key and other politicians to speak this year was only narrowly agreed.
Those opposed to Mr Key speaking believed the Treaty was not being honoured, he told the Herald.
“They only pick pieces of the Treaty when they want to and they don’t consult, they don’t talk to us about it and they just go ahead and make the process, for example the asset sales.”
Not honouring the treaty?
If he’d take off his blinkers and look at what has been achieved he’d no that’s not the reality as Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson shows:
Treaty settlements are as much about recognition and healing as they are about recompense. Settlements address our past and invest in a common future.
This work has been my responsibility as Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations since 2008. Good progress has been made to resolve historical grievances in that time.
After three years of steady acceleration, the government has now reached an unprecedented pace in the settlement of historic Treaty claims. This is a result of the government’s goal of reaching full and final settlements in a timely fashion, and a recognition that New Zealanders want to see these historical grievances settled so we can move on – as one country.
Take a look at our progress, as at December 12, 2013, below.
National has admitted it won’t reach its goal of all settlements completed this year, but it has made significant progress and will continue to do so.
It is determined to complete all the settlements so iwi can move from grievance to growth.
Ngai Tahu provides a wonderful example of what can be achieved in economic, social and environmental terms when they get a settlement and turn their attention to more positive endeavours than those the protesters at Waitangi waste their energy on.