Does ACT recognise the need to right past wrongs against Māori?

Yes. We stand with the vast majority of New Zealanders who want to ensure Māori language and
culture is preserved, that every child has equal opportunity, and that the wrongs of the past are put right.

The loss of Māori language and culture since 1840 necessitates community-led programmes like Kōhanga Reo education. The historic taking of land and resources without proper compensation must continue to be addressed through the Treaty settlement process. And poor outcomes for Māori in nearly every social statistic requires robust evidence-based targeting, and greater devolution of public services.

ACT believes all of these challenges can be met while maintaining New Zealand’s liberal democratic system.