Crown-Ma¯ori hui rolls into Nelson
The Government’s hui roadshow visited Nelson at the weekend to get local views on the Governmentiwi partnership.
Labour Deputy Leader and Minister for Crown/Ma¯ori Relations Kelvin Davis was in Nelson on Saturday for the fourth of 14 scheduled hui.
The series of meetings are being held as part of the new Crown/ Ma¯ori Relations portfolio which aims to improve the way government departments engage with Ma¯ori and respond to Ma¯ori issues.
Saturday’s event at Nelson’s Tahuna Beach Function Centre was the first to take place outside of Davis’ home patch in the Far North, with meetings in Kaitaia, Hokianga, Whangarei and Kaikohe already drawing around 250 people.
Before the meeting, Davis said the hui so far had been ‘‘very worthwhile.’’
‘‘We’re just trying to get that broad scope of opinions, not just from the Ma¯ori communities either - what does [the relationship] look like and do we need to reset it? If we do, what does that look like? It’s been really fascinating and I’m very happy with the response.’’
Ngati Koata chairman Frank Hippolite said the opportunity to put forward some valuable information to the minister on behalf of iwi made the meeting a success.
However, he identified better communication between government ministers, particularly around fisheries matters, as an area that needed addressing.
‘‘If you have one who carries the portfolio for iwi relationships then logically you should have reports back from the other ministers on what actions they are doing that impact those relationships.
‘‘The proof is in the pudding after the information goes back to central government, then what? That’s the test on whether it was really a success - because we don’t hold these kinds of hui just for therapy.’’
Local iwi members welcomed the Minister for Crown/Maori Relations Kelvin Davis to a hui at the Tahuna Beach Function Centre on Saturday.