High Court quashes Waitangi Tribunal summons

The Herald reports:

The High Court has ruled Children’s Minister Karen Chhour cannot be compelled to appear before the Waitangi Tribunal.

In a just-released decision, Justice Andru Isac granted the Crown’s application for judicial review, setting aside the summons issued by the tribunal.

This is a very good decision. The Waitangi Tribunal was basically making a power play that has failed.

An issue for the future is what to do with institutions that behave more like political activists than neutral bodies. The Human Rights Commission has many people wanting them to be scrapped as they often look like a hard left activist group.

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