In the two weeks leading up to Waitangi two public forums were held at Te Papa on Te Tiriti o Waitangi and constitutional change. They were excellent contributions to the national conversation, the first being lawyers Moana Jackson (Ngati Kahungungu and Ngati Porou) and Matthew Palmer. Both speakers had a deep understanding of the issues […]
Last week I placed a Bill in the Members’ Ballot which is aimed at ensuring citizenship ceremonies inform new citizens about Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The Bill came about because some individuals contacted me saying they had participated in some of these ceremonies and were horrified to find no reference to Te Tiriti o Waitangi […]
Anyone feel a hīkoi coming on? Angry protests on the cards? Cracks in the coalition? Iwi/Kiwi billboards and rednecks freaking out on talkback radio? One flip comment from the PM saying his Government could ignore whatever the Waitangi Tribunal decides about Māori water rights and it’s all on. The Māori Party formed over the divisive […]
It’s high time we all worked together and supported our national languages in schools starting with Te Reo Maori. I agree with Tim Groser that learning Te Reo should be available to all children and it’s great to hear the message from an unexpected quarter. The earlier children learn languages, the better. And as Tim […]
I almost feel sorry for ordinary members and supporters of the Act party. Most of them base their support on a shared belief in laissez faire free market capitalism; a preference for a small, ‘non-interventionist’ state; and a form of social liberalism that gives primacy to the rights of the individual. That’s not a worldview […]
I am always astonished by the contrast between the media reporting on Waitangi and the experience on the ground. This year was no exception. There has been a lot of media talk about Hone Harawira’s “State of the Maori Nation” speech. Actually, he was a member of a panel which included Metiria Turei and Parekura […]
Here is Harry Lusk – Keith Lockes’ Youth MP – giving a General Debate speech at Youth Parliament last month. My speech is based on one simple question: should the New Zealand people not have the right to elect whoever holds the highest position in our land? I speak to you, my fellow youth parliamentarians, […]
Who owns the oil in our Exclusive Economic Zone? What is at stake is quite significant. Crown Minerals testified to the Waitangi Tribunal in April that the Minister had failed to investigate Te Aupouri’s claim and also confirmed that this might be a violation of international law and the Treaty of Waitangi.
Appropriate decision making is one of the core principles of the Greens and it is very useful when we are grappling with the developing discourse around MMP and also decision making under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. This core principle means that we uphold the importance of voting as a vital tool in decision making and […]
If water keeps dripping it eventually changes the shape of a stone. Thus the D.R.I.P (Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People) will help change our country. It took 22 years of hard work and tough negotiation to achieve this milestone and good on the Maori Party if they managed to speed up the National […]
Green MPs and other members will be at Waitangi in force this weekend. Anyone who is planning to be there is welcome to come by for a catch up, and maybe tell us what you think about some of the constitutional and other issues that will continue to affect and be affected by the Treaty relationship.
National’s decision to ditch the Maori seats on the Auckland super city is another means to remove Maori from the barest minimum of decision-making in the biggest Maori city in the country. Catherine has blogged on the general issue before but the issues are even more acute in Auckland. According the 2006 census, nearly 25% […]
It’s interesting to hear that Tuhoe are now entering treaty negotiations with the Crown. This will, I imagine, be a very different set of negotiations to previous large negotiations such as Ngai Tahu and Waikato. Tuhoe’s engagement with the crown is stereotypically characterised as more confrontational than for many other iwi, which will add an […]
Luckily someone managed to capture on video some of the speeches that high ranked Green candidates gave at the Green Party conference a month ago. here’s the first of them; Kevin Hague, Green Party candidate for West Coast Tasman and number 7 on the party list. Currently Kevin is the Chief Executive of the West […]