Crown-Ma¯ori hui rolls into Nel­son

Nelson Mail - - NEWS - TIM O'CON­NELL

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.’’

LUZ ZUNIGA/NEL­SON MAIL

Local iwi mem­bers wel­comed the Min­is­ter for Crown/Maori Re­la­tions Kelvin Davis to a hui at the Tahuna Beach Func­tion Cen­tre on Satur­day.

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