To the Chief Ombudsman: Complaint regarding the Attorney General and the Minister for the Environment.
An OIA request asking for a copy of the Principles of the
Treaty of Waitangi has been rejected by both of the above entities.
The same person has dual roles in regard to being both the Attorney General and the Minister.
The inability to provide the information has huge justice issues for the people of New Zealand being subject to law which embodies phrases requiring that ‘must give effect to the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.’
Along with ‘must provide for and give effect to the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi’ are phrases now becoming rife in the drafting of law and yet no-one seems able to provide a copy of these Principles we are so subject to.
Suggested changes to the law are to be referred to the
Minister of Justice, instead of a more independent Law Commission.
However, the Law Commission website refers any suggestions
to the Minister.
This does not provide the independent oversight one would
Further, this is a failure on the part of the Law Commission
that they did not see this as an omission in the promulgation of NZ law.
NZ Law must be accessible to all, and simple and straight forward enough not to require that the average citizen has no recourse to defend themselves when they do not have the requisite information, have no support, and have no resources – money.
I now ask, as a NZ Citizen, that I be given a copy of the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in the interest of fairness, justice, and as my right as an affected party to the continued enforcement of the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in NZ Law.
Further, please advise who defends NZ Citizens where there
is a blatant failure in the promulgation of the law, and a failure to adhere to
the Legislative Guidelines.
Does the Law Commission have the requisite independence to protect and uphold the accessibility of NZ Law to the average person in accordance with the Legislative Guidelines?
Retired Member of Parliament.