Supplementary Order Paper No 271

  • withdrawn on 21 March 2017

No 271

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Māori Purposes Bill

Proposed amendments

Pita Paraone, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 9

In clause 9, heading to new section 26 (page 15, line 12), replace “may” with “will”.

In clause 9, new section 26(2) (page 15, line 17), replace “may” with “will”.

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends clause 9, new section 26, to remove potential for ambiguity involving the role of the Māori Land Court in determining who is a lineal descendant of Wi Pere. As the drafting stands, the use of “may” potentially creates a situation where the Māori Land Court may refuse to make a determination after the trust board has reached an impasse. By substituting “may” with “will”, it clarifies that the Māori Land Court is the arbiter given new section 26(3) states that the court’s primary objective is to give effect to the Māori Purposes (Wi Pere Trust) Act 1991.