In a confusing twist, neither of the Treaties scheduled for public feedback is the latest version set to be voted on in May 2024.
In other words, the government is asking for feedback from the public on versions of the Treaties that will be different from the ultimate versions that New Zealand will vote upon in May 2024.
Perplexed? Us, too.
VFF is working with the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) to understand better when the final versions of the Treaties will be available to the authorities and the public.
We assert that the opportunity for public consultation must occur with the correct version of the Treaties ahead of the May 2024 deadline.
However, despite this odd situation inviting feedback on out-of-date documents, we are confident that the themes identified in the Treaties will remain in the final versions.
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