PREAMBLE:

The Conservative Party recognises the historic and significant role Maori have in the interest of the nation. Maori arrived centuries before other settlers and inhabited the land, albeit sparsely, prior to European settlement. Maori are more attached to this land than any more recent settlers, and have a deeper connection and greater investment in it than those arriving from other nations. While recent settlers can clearly trace their roots to another land, Maori are rooted in New Zealand.

The Treaty of Waitangi is about the people in the nation living together as one people under the same law. Maori were the people of the land, the British were the people of the Treaty, and together, along with those from other lands, we are to live under the one law. The Conservative Party recognises that mistakes have been made. Policies were implemented that even sought to rob Maori of their most treasured possession, their language, and so rob them of their very identity. The Conservative Party honours Maori as the host people of the land, and as such welcomes and values their voice into the governance structures of the nation.

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POLICIES

The Conservative Party is committed to:

* Investigating, identifying, and addressing the real causes of Maori being over-represented in crime, suicide, mental health, family violence and other statistics. To ignore specific needs of Maori is to treat them as being of less value, and we must address these issues and right these wrongs.

* Acknowledging that the only version of the Treaty of Waitangi that can be considered is the Maori version of the Treaty. In this version it explicitly outlined and acknowledged that New Zealand shall have one sovereign government, it shall protect property rights, and that all New Zealanders shall have the same rights and responsibilities;

* The return of a single voter roll in New Zealand. The original purpose of this roll has long since been lost, as no longer is property ownership a necessary criteria for voting. All New Zealanders have equal status.;

* The abolition of Maori seats and electorates in New Zealand. The Royal Commission on the Electoral System 1986 recommended in Ch 3 that the Maori Roll and Maori seats be abolished under MMP, and that Maori not be required to reach a threshold of 4 or 5% for representation. With approximately 15% of the population being Maori, Maori are currently over represented in parliament, and removing the Maori roll and seats will not affect that greatly as other Parties now recognise the need to see Maori included in their ranks and value Maori input;

* The end to all Treaty claims and closing down the Waitangi Tribunal. We believe that the Tribunal should consider no new claims and an immediate review of all existing claims should occur. Those with real substance are to be considered and resolved forthwith and others should be rejected;

* Ensuring that the courts will still be able to consider claims in regards to property (including those rejected as above) and other alleged injustices as for any citizen or group of citizens, however these claims will be funded by the claimants, who will be subject to a judgement for costs if they fail to make their case as per usual court procedures;

* All claims and disputes must go through full legal process

* Investigate and create legislation and implement legislative changes that will remove differential treatment on the basis of race (e.g RMA reform);

* Proposing a new system for Maori inclusion in local government structures whereby Maori candidates run for position like any other candidate and have the opportunity to be voted in by Maori and or others. However, if no representation results from the election, the Council/Board etc has the powers, and an expectation, to co-opt a Maori representative in consultation with local Iwi, to bring specialist input from those who have greater historical connection to the land.

* Repealing the foreshore and seabed legislation: Marine and Coastal Area (Tukutai Moana) Act 2011. We believe that the foreshore and seabed in its entirety  should be held by the government in trust for the use and enjoyment of all New Zealanders;

* Encouraging all New Zealand children to learn a second language, with Maori being one of the options provided.

* Teaching of New Zealand history in schools so that time does not erase the reality of what happened on our shores as a new nation was born.