Tiriti o Waitangi: Our founding document

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.

Read our full plan for Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Authorised by Susan Cullen, 5 Gala Street, Waihōpai