The Herald reports:
Prime Minister John Key says Andrew Little’s comments at Waitangi on Maori sovereignty were advancing “separatism.”
“I reckon he would be leading New Zealand completely down the wrong path,” Mr Key said at his post cabinet press conference today.
Mr Little told reporters the Waitangi Tribunal finding that Nga Puhi did not cede sovereignty should not be dismissed and that models of indigenous self-governance and law-making around the world should be explored.
“In 1840 when we singed the treaty, it strikes me we signed it for modern New Zealand, and that was a New Zealand where we co-habitated and ran the country together. It wasn’t about separatism. It was actually about community and Andrew Little is basically suggesting that we had down a path of separatism.”
He said he could not see New Zealanders supporting that.
As I said earlier, I look forward to Labour explaining what particular models of shared sovereignty they are thinking of.