The Taranaki Daily Times reports- Maori interests are being left out of decisions on development and use of New Zealand’s petroleum resources, claims a landmark Waitangi Tribunal decision released today. The decision, which follows hearings in April and May, recommends a review of both the Crown Minerals Act and the Resource Management Act. The claimants are Ngaruahine and Ngati Kahungunu who are not opposed to development but claim that when decisions are made about exploring or mining sites that are sacred or very important to them, their interests are not being properly considered or protected.
The Ngaruahine and Ngati Kahungunu are New Zealand citizens. They are represented by the crown. The same as you or I, and the crown represents our interests in any petroleum development scenario. As the article says in the ongoing paragraph-
The use of petroleum is governed by the Crown Minerals Act control and the Resource Management Act which grant permits for prospecting, exploration, and mining.
The Waitangi Tribunal though for reasons unspecified, considers that this is not good enough, and once again asks for special treatment based on race. Insisting that the terms of the Crown’s management of Petroleum exploration does not address Maori “issues” which for some reason must be acknowledged as being more important than every other NZer’s “issues”.
The Tribunal finds the whole regime fall short of what the Treaty requires today and although it provides for consultation, and councils are trying, Maori lack the infrastructure and resources to participate effectively. It also recommends a ministerial advisory committee be set up to provide Maori input to central government decisions about petroleum and Regional and district iwi committees be installed to do the same at the local government level.
Anyone finding anything in the Treaty that grants Maori special treatment in respect of Petroleum exploration I’d be grateful if they could post it here. The Waitiangi Tribunal has already been denounced as a fraud by many prominent NZers, and this report is just more evidence that the Tribunal is just a bunch of self serving goons and racists bent on dreaming up anyway possible to leach off and intrude upon private sector development and industry. It is acting as a separate and independent government. Its findings are baseless and worthless, it costs the country billions, and it is constructing a racial divide that will have consequences for generations to come.
John Key and the Nationals need to junk this report and bring the TOW Tribunal to heel. It should in fact have never been brought into existence. An example of Pandora’s box if ever there was one. Let’s get on with building a modern unified productive and prosperous country. We’ll never do it as long as the TOW Tribunal sits whining and whinging and dreaming up past historical grievances and looting the nation’s treasury, and acting as a quasi-separatist government. The Commission we do need right now is the one that looks into how this millstone around the neck of NZ can be done away with. The sooner the better.