Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Groping towards a solution

According to Stuff, the government is set to ditch the "customary title" concept. I guess they just decided it was too confusing. And it's a shame in some ways, because recognising ancestral connections literally costs pakeha nothing, but may have helped build acceptance among Maori for the government's policies.

OTOH, they seem to be sticking firm on the core concept of protected customary rights, though still tinkering as to who will be handing them out. And they seem to be moving in the right direction regarding access to the courts and due process.