Is Govt running scared from TPPA’s implications for Māori?

The Government shouldn’t have argued against the Waitangi Tribunal fast tracking two claims regarding the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) because this has worrying implications for natural justice, the Green Party said today.

“The Tribunal should be bringing forward an urgent hearing, as they did with the water claim for the sale of state owned power companies, because it’ll be too late if these claims aren’t heard before the TPPA is finalised,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“The Government shouldn’t have argued against an urgent hearing, because the Waitangi Tribunal’s expert opinion on the TPPA’s implications for Māori rights would be a useful addition to the public debate.