The Justice and Electoral Committee has reported back on Doug Woolerton's Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi Deletion Bill, and recommended that it not proceed...This Bill was one of the few good things to come out of Winston First: the suggestion to remove from all NZ legislation the impossible-to-define "principles of the Treaty," a clause written into and polluting so much of NZ's legislation since 1986 with indefined and inefinable mush. As the NZ First minority view in the report succinctly explains,
the terms “the principles of the Treaty” or “the Treaty and its principles” ... are relatively recent additions to New Zealand’s statutes and have added great confusion and a huge amount of expensive litigious activity because they have not been adequately defined.So, what's the connection with Labour-lite? As I/S points out,
National's flip-flop on the principles of the Treaty is now complete. Having been enthusiastic advocates of excising the Treaty from legislation just a few years ago, they are now strongly defending it.Another sell-out, and a sell-out so cheaply -- and on something so important.