The Ministry for the Environment’s website is instructive, in helping us understand Maori attitudes to the environment.
We should be encouraged to learn and understand these attitudes and values, because the Maori (see here) are treated by our government – and the United Nations, too, come to think of it – as special people.
Māori hold a distinct and special status as the indigenous people, or tangata whenua, of New Zealand. Indigenous rights and indigenous culture are of profound importance to New Zealand and fundamental to our identity as a nation.
This means they should be accorded special treatment.
They like to take full advantage of this entitlement.