Our ancestors welcomed the first wave of immigrants to this country. As tangata whenua we embrace our obligations to actively participate in decision making and to share our history and culture with whānau from any continent choosing to settle here in Aotearoa. We maintain that manaakitanga must be extended to all peoples coming to Aotearoa, and we will balance this against kaitiakitanga which informs whether we are in a position to meet our obligations. The Māori Party recognises that facilitating the movement of people between countries is part and parcel of the reality of our world today. Our values system means we can be responsive in how we as a country approach immigration. We should not be reducing people to numbers or exclusion on the basis of populist opinion.
The Māori Party will:
- Amend the Immigration Act to include tikanga Māori in its application and incorporate a pledge to uphold Te Tiriti o Waitangi in the Oath of Citizenship.
- Reintroduce the parent category and the family reunion category to ensure whānau are not disconnected by borders
- Prioritise the introduction of a climate change refugee category
- Establish a partial amnesty for persons whose stay in Aotearoa has become unlawful
- Introduce a compulsory Te Tiriti o Waitangi educational programme for all international students studying in Aotearoa to grow their cultural understanding of tangata whenua and enrich their study abroad experience.
- Introduce a hardship pension that exempts eligible Pasifika Peoples aged 65+ who gain citizenship from the standard 5-year waiting period
- Eliminate immigration policies that discriminate on the grounds of race, religion or culture
- Introduce a Te Tiriti o Waitangi programme as a prerequisite to gaining citizenship, meeting language and settlement requirements