A Tauranga-based iwi has made an urgent claim to the Waitangi Tribunal accusing the government of attacking Maori culture and language.
The Ngai Te Rangi Settlements Trust says the coalition is breaching article two of the Treaty by failing to protect te reo.
It is claiming the government is acting like a "drunken sailor".
The Māori Development and Treaty Negotiations Ministers haven't responded to RNZ's requests for interviews.
Trust chair Charlie Tawhiao spoke to Corin Dann.