16 Jan 2024

New Zealand First responds to Waikato-Tainui court claim

From Morning Report, 7:35 am on 16 January 2024

Iwi Maori from across the country are set to descend onto Tuurangawaewae marae this Saturday.

The hui, organised by Kiingi Tuheitia, was called after concerns were raised about the coalition government's plans for Maori. Thousands are expected to attend.

It is hoped a unified response to Government policies on use of te reo Maori and Treaty issues can be worked out.

Last week, Waikato-Tainui filed a claim with the High Court arguing government policies pulling back on Maori language use in the public sector were breaching it's Treaty settlement.

Those policies are part of the coalition agreement between National. ACT and New Zealand First.

NZ First MP Shane Jones

Photo: RNZ / Angus Dreaver

Deputy leader of New Zealand First Shane Jones spoke to Charlotte Cook.