Treaty Bills Debate Completed

by Desk Editor on Thursday, June 19, 2014 — 10:27 AM

MPs completed the committee stages of two treaty settlement bills sitting under extended hours provisions this morning.

The committee stage of the Te Urewera-Tuhoe Bill was completed and reported with amendments with all votes going 112 with 7 NZ First MPs abstaining.

NZ First Leader Winston Peters said his party were unhappy with the bill as it would work against the interests of iwi with claims overlapping the Tuhoe settlement. Numerous speakers said Peters had the wrong end of the stick and there was still room for other interests to be accommodated in the future.

The committee stage of the Ngā Mana Whenua o Tāmaki Makaurau Collective Redress Bill was also completed on a voice vote and reported with amendments.

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