Spokesperson for the Green Party
I recently attended a UN workshop in Geneva addressing post-war recovery issues. Sitting at that table among the 20 international experts were four Kiwis, two of them Maori.
We were all there as independent international experts, and not because of indigenous origins. It was a stunning commentary on the impact of Kiwis on the global stage.
Congratulations to Ngati Ranginui for negotiating a treaty settlement that addresses issues arising from historical events at Gate Pa and elsewhere.
That settlement, signed Thursday this week, acknowledges mana, recognises origins, and perhaps most importantly in terms of the future, delivers economic opportunity.
The settlement can and should result in fewer Maori in our prisons, raise education standards among young Maori people, and create future generations who walk with pride on the whenua.
Maori operate many successful iwi-based businesses, and are active on the international stage. This settlement will help create future generations to continue that great work.
Ian McLean is a spokesperson for the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand.