The Green Party will uphold tino rangatiratanga, enhance the mana of the Waitangi Tribunal, return land lost through colonisation, and support the customary roles of tangata whenua. We will address the systemic causes of inequalities for Māori, including in education, health, resource management, and justice. 


Māori live freely and with mana, as do all New Zealanders under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and within te ao Māori.

Values and Principles

Decisions relating to Māori must uphold the following values and principles:

  • Honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The status of Māori as tangata whenua should be respected and tino rangatiratanga upheld.
  • Ecological Wisdom: The value of te ao Māori to people and other species in Aotearoa, the kaitiaki responsibilities of hapū and iwi, and the ecological wisdom in mātauranga Māori should be upheld.
  • Social Responsibility: An equitable, tikanga Māori-based approach should uphold the mana, rights, mana motuhake and wellbeing of Māori. Māori systems of social support should be nurtured, and Government systems of social support should recognise the needs of Māori communities.
  • Appropriate Decision-Making: Whānau, hapū, and iwi, and other Māori organisations, should be properly resourced and enabled to support the needs of Māori communities. The tino rangatiratanga of tangata whenua should be upheld.
  • Non-Violence: The harm of colonisation should be recognised and addressed, with all taonga and mokopuna (future generations) protected.Summary

Strategic Priorities

The Green Party’s strategic goals include: 

“As a Party we want to see Te Ao Māori and Te Reo Māori flourish in Aotearoa.

“Māori will be empowered and resourced within a kaupapa Māori framework to support restorative and rehabilitative justice and provide for the well-being of whānau, the environment and our natural ecosystems.”

Actions in this policy that will help achieve these goals include:

  • Ensure that all people in Aotearoa New Zealand have the opportunity to learn te reo Māori and understand our country’s history, both tangata whenua and tauiwi, with a particular focus on education at all year levels of our schools. (2.3)
  • Recognise tikanga-based justice and resource Māori restorative justice models, especially through Rangatahi and Matariki Courts. (2.15)
  • Implement a Tiriti-based economic strategy that eliminates the dependence of economic systems on growth and ensures economic activity is resilient and occurs far beneath established ecological limits. (2.1)
  • Uphold and resource the kaitiaki role and tino rangatiratanga of tangata whenua in urban and rural areas, and work with them to protect taonga species, landscapes, seas and significant places, that enables progress towards a more Te Tiriti based relationship, and formally recognising and enabling customary use and care of natural resources. (1.12)

Connected Policies

All Green Party Policies seek to uphold the rights of Māori as tangata whenua under Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Policies that are fundamental to honouring tino rangatiratanga include our Democracy and Constitutional Transformation and Human Rights Policies. Several policies also focus on Māori wellbeing and equity, including Economic, Education, Health, and Justice.


Latest Māori Development Announcements


Budget neglects Māori and disregards Te Tiriti

The Green Party’s Te Mātāwaka (Māori and Pasifika) caucus has labelled this year’s Budget as unambitious for Māori and unapologetic in its disregar...
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Government trying to rush Māori wards legislation through without public say

The Green Party unequivocally condemns the governing parties’ attempts to limit the public’s say on the controversial Māori wards legislation, afte...
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Government introduces Bill to roll back Māori Wards

The Green Party has sounded the alarm over the Government’s introduction of legislation to remove Māori Wards and roll back years of progress. 
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Greens back Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into climate change policy

The Green Party supports The Waitangi Tribunal holding a priority kaupapa inquiry into climate change policy.
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Dental stories collection reinforces need to invest in kaupapa Māori solutions

The Green Party has released a collection of stories showing the dire need for free dental care in Aotearoa.
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Green Party releases policy to return land to Māori

The time is now to be bold and make sure land wrongly taken from Māori is returned.
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Latest Te Tiriti O Waitangi Announcements


UNDRIP – Let’s get on with it

The Green Party welcomes the next steps towards implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in Aotearo...
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Statement for Moana Jackson

E te whatukura e wehe atu nei, ko tērā o ngā ngākau māhaki o tātou, ko koe tērā e Moana.
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Return private land to Māori, say Greens

The Green Party’s Te Mātāwaka caucus has released Hoki Whenua Mai - a discussion document outlining what the Crown should do to redress the on-goin...
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Democracy, human rights, and te Tiriti of Waitangi

Aotearoa can have a flourishing democracy with te Tiriti o Waitangi as its foundation. We can be proud of our democracy compared to many other coun...
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Te Tiriti o Waitangi Policy

In 2001, the Charter of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand was amended to recognise Te Tiriti o Waitangi as our country’s founding document, a...
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Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand.
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