Christopher Luxon is leader of the New Zealand National Party.
New Zealand's new prime minister has justified the abandonment of the anti-smoking law by fears that it will promote the black market of cigarettes on the island.
We are appalled and disgusted, tobacco control researcher and professor of public health at the University of Otago, Richard Edwards, told the BBC.
This is an incredibly retrograde step from to leading health measures. Most health groups in New Zealand are dismayed by what the new government has done and are calling on it to reverse course.
A quote from Richard Edwards, tobacco control researcher and professor of public health at the University of Otago
During the election campaign, Christopher Luxon also denounced favoritism towards the Maori cause, according to him. In one of its first decisions, the Māori Health Authority was closed and government institutions that had adopted an indigenous name and use of the Māori language in recent years were instead renamed in English.
The Maori language is however one of the official languages of New Zealand.
Even more worrying for New Zealand's indigenous people, the conservative coalition in power promises to review the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi signed in 1840. This document signed during the annexation of the island to England ensures the protection of land and of indigenous culture.
Christopher Luxon's government wants to adopt changes to restore balance between all New Zealanders.
The minister responsible for the treaty changes is Paul Goldsmith, who previously stated in 2021 that colonization had benefited Māori, leading to an outcry. /p>
During the election campaign, David Seymour of the right-wing ACT party and member of the ruling coalition also declared that he wanted to reduce measures protecting Aboriginal people.
We have the right to debate whether our future lies in co-government [with Māori] and differential rights based on ancestry, or whether we want to be a modern, liberal, multi-ethnic democracy where every New Zealander has the rights same rights.
A quote from David Seymour of the right-wing ACT party and member of the ruling coalition
The Human Rights Commission of New Zealand recently released a report recommending that if amendments are to be made to the Treaty of Waitangi, they should be done jointly by Māori and non-Māori.
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