National has released three more policies, Maori Affairs, Treaty and Electoral Law.
Highlights of the Maori Affairs policy are:
- Putting a big focus on investment in education, including national standards, trades in schools, our Youth Guarantee, promoting greater participation in early childhood education through Kohanga Reo and Kura Kaupapa, and expanding Te Kotahitanga.
- Improving health and housing outcomes for Maori, including working with Maori health providers and Maori collectives on housing.
- Working to increase investment in Maori assets and enterprises, including working with iwi enterprises and their leaders to help overcome barriers to economic development.
- Acknowledging the importance of Maori language and culture, including committing to Maori broadcasting and the promotion of Maori language, arts and culture.
- Working with Te Puni Kokiri to strengthen and expand successful and proven Maori-led programmes to advance outcomes for Maori.
Highlights of National’s Treaty Negotiations policy are:
- Appointing independent settlement facilitators to chair negotiations, keep the process moving forward, and ensure both parties act in good faith.
- More effective post-settlement liaison to ensure durable settlements and an end to Treaty litigation.
- Refine the claim negotiation process.
- Review the impact of increases in prices, and in particular land prices, on Treaty settlements.
- Give the Waitangi Tribunal enough support to sit full-time including reviewing remuneration and support offered to members, review the tribunal’s operations, and review the Crown’s conduct in litigation.
- Speed up the time taken to pass settlement legislation.
National has also said it will honour agreements negotiated in good faith by the Crown under the Foreshore and Seabed Act.
The Electoral Law policy:
- Confirms National’s intention to wind up the Maori seats at the conclusion of the settlement of historic Treaty claims.
- Hold a binding referendum on MMP no later than 2011.
- Repeal the Electoral Finance Act.
So National still has as a policy the intention to remove the maori seats, I predict that this will become a bargaining point with the Maori Party and quietly shelved after the election.
Remember that ACT is the only other part promising a referendum on MMP.
Now if only Labour would release some policy we can have a debate.