Georgina te Heuheu
National Treaty Negotiations Spokesperson
13 August 2001
It's all about the future, Helen!
The Prime Minister's latest comments confirm what I've suspected for some time: she doesn't understand that Treaty
settlements are all about the future for Maori and New Zealand and not the past, National's Treaty Negotiations
spokesperson Georgina te Heuheu said today.
"Using a rugby analogy, Maori have for over a century had to deal with being passed the ball behind the advantage line.
Settling the grievances of the past are about giving Maori some 'drive forward'. At the moment we're at a standstill.
"We need to put the grievances of the past behind us, get out of grievance mode and build a solid platform. Only then
will we be able to get some quality ball to our young people."
Mrs te Heuheu comments follow the Prime Minister telling Treaty settlement agencies, crying out for extra funding, not
to hold their breath.
"The Prime Minister talks about her so-called priorities being health, education and economic development but Maori will
continue to under-perform in all those areas if they are remain behind the advantage line.
"I urge the Government to look beyond its short-sighted strategy of stalling the Treaty process by starvation, and to
think about securing a shared future for all New Zealanders," Mrs te Heuheu said.