According to a leaked draft Ministry of Justice document, the principles would include the Government has the right to govern for all New Zealanders and that the Government would honour “all New Zealanders in the chieftainship of their land and all their property”.
The National-ACT Coalition agreement includes the promise to introduce the legislation and pass it at the first reading. However, National hasn’t given its support further.
In a speech last weekend, Seymour said the legislation would highlight “we are not a partnership between races”.
“We are not people who have to look at our family tree to find out how we fit in. We’re all New Zealanders with the same basic rights.”
But that’s not the Prime Minister’s view.
“My personal view is it’s a relationship between Crown and iwi, it’s akin to a partnership,” Luxon said.
Already this year, Māori have gathered for the Kīngitanga’s hui and at annual Rātana celebrations.
Despite the debate about the Treaty Principles Bill, which Seymour is responsible for, he didn’t attend either. He was at the Iwi Chairs Forum and will attend Waitangi.