A bill that would have seen Maori land taken for public work given back has failed to pass through parliament.
Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell brought the bill to parliament, but his party was the only one to vote for it at its second reading last night.
The bill proposed land sold to the Crown for a specific use be given back - or compensation offered - to the original owners or their descendants.
Flavell told parliament his bill responded to the challenge to
address the long standing grievances amongst Maori and he worked
for a long time on the issue.
A select committee had recommended the bill not pass.