Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Five Waitangi Treaty settlement bills passed at once...

Chris Finlayson at Net Hui 2011
Chris Finlayson at Net Hui 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Five Treaty settlement bills have been passed at once - the biggest number in any one year since the process began.

Parliament's sat under extended hours to pass the Ngati Manawa, Ngati Whare, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Porou and Ngati Pahauwera bills in one go.

Treaty negotiations minister Chris Finlayson says previously the largest number to be passed in one year was three.

"This is a very significant number of Treaty settlements to be progressed against a historical average of around 1.7 bills per year."

Mr Finlayson says today marks the end of a long journey for the tribes
Is this a good thing? I don't really know the answer to that question.
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