Key admits blunder over Treaty

And the promised retraction of the “drop wages” remark. 

National leader John Key has admitted that he blundered yesterday over his party’s Treaty settlements policy.

He said on breakfast television that National had not previously had a date by which it wanted settlements completed.

In fact, its position at the last election was that grievances be settled by 2010.

The party changed that in February last year, shortly after Mr Key became leader. The settlement target was extended to 2014 and tied to the abolition of the Maori seats.

Mr Key said then that instead of abolishing the seats as soon it became Government, it would start the process in 2014, when it believed historical Treaty settlements would be resolved.

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