The Herald reports:
The Government has talked to other iwi about the possibility of the Crown buying back disputed land as a way to break the Ihumātao deadlock, Labour MP Peeni Henare says.
But the suggestion was rebuffed, with other tribes threatening to re-litigate their Treaty of Waitangi settlements if the buy-back plan went ahead, according to Henare.
If the Government blunders on this, they are going to destroy the settlement process and associated goodwill.
Henare’s comments came after an email was sent to academic staff at Victoria, saying some students had chosen to travel to humātao to protest. The email, by Vice Provost Stuart Brock and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Rawina Higgins said, “The University supports our students in this endeavour and we are asking all academic staff to be sympathetic to their absence.
“If necessary, please make reasonable accommodations for these students.”
I wonder if the university would be so accommodating if students wanted to skip lectures and tutorials to attend a conference on property rights?