Court of Change’s mana weakened

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Adam Gifford

Shane Jones – Court of Change’s Mana weakened

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Former MP Shane Jones said the Waitangi tribunal must stop trying to check political results and social policy.

Former MP Shane Jones said the Waitangi tribunal must stop trying to check political results and social policy.

The court is currently holding a kaupapa inquiry into the justice system, including examining its own processes and the disparity of resources between plaintiffs and the Crown.

The court is increasingly turning to such broad investigations as the historical claims process is wound up.

Mr Jones says he has neither the expertise nor the authority to make a difference.

“Obviously we have these ongoing social challenges, but the court, in my view, is unlikely to get the level of response needed to effect change not just at the political level, but attitudinal change in the bureaucracy. “, he says.

Mr Jones says the court’s current trajectory is not sustainable.


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