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The Treaty of Waitangi, Treaty settlements, and Māori interests
This is a single section from Chapter 5. Read the full chapter here.
Should Māori be consulted?
The Government must make informed decisions where legislation will affect, or have the potential to affect, the rights and interests of Māori.
Consultation is not required in all cases; however, it is one of the principal mechanisms through which the Government (via Ministers and government agencies) discharges its responsibility to make informed decisions to act in good faith towards Māori. A failure to effectively consult may be seen as a breach of the principles of the Treaty and harm the relationship between Māori and the Government.
A failure to consult may also result in Parliament passing legislation without appreciating fully the variety of views and interests that may be relevant. This may result in difficulties in applying and interpreting the legislation at a later date.