Wednesday, June 15, 2011

A new website designed to stimulate debate about issues relating to the Treaty of Waitangi in the post-settlement environment was launched yesterday.  On the website you can find a number of issues papers addressing five key topics.  The site is the outcome of a project undertaken by the Institute of Policy Studies and Te Kawa-a-Māui (the School of Māori Studies at Victoria University). Personally, I would have liked to have seen a greater number of the issues papers written by Māori contributers.  One might also quibble with the way in which the key issues have been chosen and prioritised.  And I think that many of the additional opinion pieces referred to  actually place obstacles in the path of having an intelligent, well-informed, and balanced discussion of these issues.  But, I would encourage people to have a look at the site and form their own views on those matters.  The site is intended to be interactive and comment is encouraged.  I certainly endorse the objectives of the project team and congratulate all those involved for providing a space to engage people in discussion on these important issues.