The Māori Party is committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aoteaoroa. The Government has an obligation to honour and protect the rights of Māori guaranteed under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
The Māori Party will:
- Entrench Te Tiriti o Waitangi in all legislation.
- Empower the Waitangi Tribunal to make binding recommendations.
- Progress the statutory pardon of Rua Kenana.
- Progress the Crown’s WAI 262 response.
- Implement the UNDRIP
- Progress the Crown’s response to the Kōhanga Reo Claim as well as the WAI 262 Claim (flora and fauna).
- Retain the Māori electoral seats as our birthright and make a provision that only Māori will decide when or if they no longer need them.
- Legislate for Māori seats in Local Government without the need for a referendum and on District Health Boards as of right.
- Support the protection of Treaty settlement land and whenua Māori from compulsory acquisition under the Public Works Act.
- Press for funding for Treaty settlement education in all schools.
- Legislate to protect freshwater and give it the status of tāonga.
- Introduce a Te Tiriti o Waitangi programme as a prerequisite to gaining citizenship, meeting language and settlement requirements.