Labour MP Meka Whaitiri says job losses at the Māori Land Court means Māori landowners will now face losing hundreds of years of collective institutional knowledge. Over 160 jobs will be lost at the Ministry of Justice with a major impact at the Māori Land Court.
Changes are imminent and job losses look inevitable.
Whaitiri says, “It’s just wrong that people who have institutional knowledge of the roll of the Māori Land Court eg these managers across the country that their jobs are on the line.”
These job losses are a part of a wider review being undertaken by the Ministry of Corrections. But Meka Whaitiri says implementing such major changes when the Ture Whenua Māori Bill isn’t even finalised is premature.
“We haven’t got the legislation through. It’s as simple as that. Parts of the legislation will determine what roles will remain at the Māori Land Court and what roles will go to the supposedly new Māori Land Service. It has not completed the examination from the Māori Affairs Select Committee.”
Annette Sykes has worked for many years at the Māori Land Court as a lawyer. She has concerns about the path being taken.
“I have worked in the Māori Land Court for many years. I know they hold hundreds of years of collective institutional knowledge. I’m disappointed to hear that this section of the law will be cut off.”
Minister of Māori Development Te Ururoa Flavell says this is out of his portfolio.
“Things relating to the Māori Land Court are under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Corrections. They make the calls on employment.”
Around 50 jobs will be lost in the Ministry of Corrections.
Source: Maori TV