26 Mar 2011

No gains by Maori Party in employment, education and health - Jones

5:44 am on 26 March 2011

Labour MP Shane Jones says the Maori Party has used the foreshore and seabed reform to mask its inability to make gains in areas like employment, education and health.

The list MP, who is standing against Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples in Tamaki Makaurau, says it's bizarre that he is now claiming the new law won't change anything.

He says Maori voters may not understand the intricacies of the Act, but they will understand the Maori Party has taken them for a ride.

Dr Sharples has told Waatea News that while the law gives Maori the right to test their claims for customary title through the courts, the bar for ownership is high.