Iwi leaders are too focused on "hustling resources out of the Government" and not doing enough to address the violence among young Maori men, Labour MP Shane Jones says.
Jones has hit out ahead of the Waitangi Day celebrations on Thursday and following a number of high-profile attacks on foreign visitors which he said was putting New Zealand's reputation as a safe international destination at risk.
"[It is] high time iwi leaders stopped obsessing over the ownership of earth, wind and fire and showed more ownership over the miserable record of the violence culture afflicting our young men," said Jones, who hails from Northland's Ngapuhi iwi.
He pointed to the attack on German tourists in Whakatane in December which left a 19-year-old man with missing teeth as well as cuts and bruises and an 18-year-old woman with facial and arm injuries including fractures.
There had been a number of such attacks on tourists "and they invariably involve our young men".