Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: We want to face our past with courage, so we can build our future together

We want to engage in a serious discussion about the future of this country. Te Tiriti o Waitangi is our starting point. Te Tiriti states the conditions under which iwi/hapū and the Crown agreed to co-operate in a unified nation. The need for co-operation between iwi/hapū and the Crown, and between iwi/hapū and other New Zealanders, is just as strong today. The undertakings of Te Tiriti o Waitangi were farsighted, and continue to tell us how to build an orderly, prosperous and united New Zealand.

  • We will encourage active involvement and participation in the Constitutional Review we advanced in the 2008-2011 Parliament.

For us Te Tiriti o Waitangi remains a covenant of utmost meaning. Only if it is honoured will mana be restored, and whānau able to participate fully and willingly in the nation. For the Crown, Te Tiriti o Waitangi is the founding document of our nation. The stakes are high. The survival of our people drives us forward.

Our six key priorities are:

1. All legislation measured against te Tiriti o Waitangi.
2. Ensure appropriate resources for hapū and iwi to test the Takutai Moana Act.
3. All Māori to be automatically entered on to the Māori roll with an option to transfer to the general roll.
4. Increase claimant funding in treaty settlements.
5. Lead the Government’s response to WAI 262.
6. Treaty settlement and treaty justice.

All legislation measured against Te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • All policy provided to Cabinet and all bills tabled in the House must be able to demonstrate the impact of the policy on whānau and the Treaty partnership. Only from this can be derived a model of justice which gives fair weight to the rights and needs of all peoples.
  • We will establish, as an Officer of Parliament, a Parliamentary Commissioner for the Treaty to proactively review and monitor progress of Treaty Settlements, as well as the performance of the Office of Treaty Settlements (OTS) and the Crown’s commitment to the Treaty.
  • Require an Annual Report to Parliament on progress on the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples to facilitate the right of Māori to preserve, evolve and transform their ways of life.
  • We will introduce a requirement for Government departments and Crown entities to report annually on outcomes for Māori.
  • We will monitor outcomes from the Constitutional Review to ensure it gives effect to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

People who have knowledge of their history are much more likely to benefit from our increasingly diverse nation.

  • Treaty studies will be taught in all schools, from Year 7 on, starting in 2014. We want schools to teach local iwi history; civic and heritage studies, including a history of the Pacific.

Ensure appropriate resources for hapū and iwi to test the Takutai Moana Act

  • We will ensure proper funding for Takutai Moana cases.

Representation in a democracy is not only a basic human right, but it is also necessary if we want to make sure our nation moves forward together.

  • The Māori seats will stay until such time Māori freely choose, via a mana whenua referendum, otherwise.
  • By the 2014 election, all Māori to be automatically entered on to the Māori roll at the age of 18 with the option to transfer to the General Roll. We will also extend the provision in the Census to identify tribally to the electoral roll, where tribal affiliation is also stated.
  • We will amend section 45 of the Electoral Act to be consistent with section 35 of that Act, meaning that no Māori electoral district shall be situated partially in the North Island and partially in the South Island.

Whānau, hapū and iwi will lead the response to the Waitangi Tribunal Report’s on WAI 262 (Ko Aotearoa Tēnei) with our full support. We will encourage our people to engage in the discussion of implementing the findings.

Treaty Settlements and Treaty Justice

Treaty Justice is necessary if we want to grow an inclusive economy. Much can be done to increase the speed of Treaty settlements. We also believe that justice must not only be done, but must be seen to be done:

  • We will increase claimant funding.
  • Promote rangatira-to-rangatira negotiation. Maintain kotahitanga in and between iwi and hapū as well as with the Crown by promoting kanohi-ki-te-kanohi discussions.
  • The Waitangi Tribunal has played an important role in the delivery of justice and reconciliation. To ensure sustainability we will review the Tribunal’s funding to ensure it is fully-funded for the work it
  • does. OTS to be well resourced to operate an efficient claims process.
  • We seek to quicken the pace of settlement by supporting more cognate bills (to consider bills concurrently).
  • We do not support asset sales. If privatisation of state owned assets occurs it must be managed in a manner that is consistent with Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Māori Party will support iwi who wish to invest into state owned assets as a means of retaining New Zealand ownership.
  • We will insert a Treaty clause into the overseas investment legislation, to give iwi first right of refusal.
  • We will introduce a stronger Treaty clause into all Free Trade Agreements.