"In an eleventh-hour U-turn, the Maori Party has pulled a report critical of the Government's plans for an emissions trading scheme, opening the door to a deal over a new climate-change law.
Within hours, National said it was delaying by two months till October its response to a report into the Foreshore and Seabed Act review, which advocated its repeal a policy plank of the Maori Party.
A spokesman for Treaty Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson denied the two were linked."
Of course they are linked - do we look stupid."The move by the Maori Party was criticised by Labour and the Greens because it came after the committee's deliberations and after the report was sent for printing."
Green MP Jeanette Fitzsimons said National was playing off the Maori Party and ACT.
"I fear the outcome will be law supported by ACT that is so bad it will transfer even more wealth to big polluters and do little for the environment."
The Maori Party's Te Tai Tonga MP, Rahui Katene, who sits on the committee, issued a statement saying: "We are committed to protecting the rights of Papatuanuku and Ranginui ... We are obligated to keep them from being polluted ..."
We are watching so you had better stay committed and start working with the left as well as the right... for the betterment of maori and everyone.