I have spoken with a lot of people over the past few weeks about section 9 and the effects of the state owned enterprise regime on Maori Te Tiriti claims and what has struck me is the vast amount of issues that are simply not being addressed by our current approach to law reform. In short, while there is plenty of passion around such issues from within Te Ao Maori, most of us simply do not have the time to dedicate to providing substantial critiques and counterproposals for reform to the Government.
It is for this reason that I believe that it is time for the formation of an independent Maori Policy Unit. A body whose sole purpose is to undertake in-depth analysis of issues of importance to Maori and propose workable models of law reform – a Maori Law Commission if you will. I am keen to get the ball rolling on this, but I need your help. Do you think an independent Maori Policy Unit is a good idea, what skills would the members of the MPU need to have, how can it be funded, what principles should it be founded on, and how broadly should the aims, functions, and purposes of the MPU be drawn?
Let me know your whakaaro in the comments section, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org