9 Mar 2012

NZ First concerned at haste in pushing through Treaty bills

9:21 pm on 9 March 2012

New Zealand First's Maori Affairs spokesperson Brendan Horan has told Parliament he's concerned at the haste by the Crown in pushing Treaty settlement claim bills through Parliament.

He says dumping bills together and rushing them through in the dead of night is not the pathway to illumination.

Mr Horan says the settlement of historic grievances is far too important and needs to be open and transparent.

He says the last thing New Zealand First wants to be party to is swapping one grievance for another because some people aren't aware of what is going on.

Mr Horan says recent history has shown that when the Government rushes through bills there is usually a harmful side effect.