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Aotearoa New Zealand can be a country where tikanga is respected, racism is eliminated, and the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of colonisation are healed to create a society where everyone thrives.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a fundamental constitutional document

  • The te reo Māori version of te Tiriti is the legitimate text.
  • The rangatiratanga of tangata whenua is a collective human right protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The Māori parliamentary seats should be entrenched

  • Māori should be able to change between the general and Māori electoral rolls at any time.
  • Tangata whenua should have guaranteed participation in local government.

We recognise and support kaitiakitanga and mana whenua land rights

  • The compulsory acquisition of Māori land should be prevented.
  • Wahi tapu and sites sacred to Māori should be returned from the Conservation estate.
  • Central government and regional councils should enable mana whenua to exercise kaitiakitanga over the marine, commercial fishing resources, and protection from pollution.

The Māori economy is essential to New Zealand’s overall prosperity

  • Māori assets, intellectual property, and taonga should be protected in trade agreements.
  • Government should facilitate iwi and hapu involvement in a climate-friendly economy.
  • Employment opportunity programmes should be supported and expanded.
  • Banks should provide credit for development on communally owned Māori land.

Government should support Māori approaches to health and education

  • Te reo Māori should be taught universally in all public schools and resourced appropriately.
  • Kura kaupapa and kohanga reo should be well-resourced. Kaupapa Māori should also contribute to the mainstream education system.
  • More health services should be delivered through marae, including mental health services, with support for support rongoa Māori healthcare practices.
  • Government housing policy should facilitate papakainga housing developments.

Tikanga Māori approaches to justice should be expanded

  • Marae-based justice programmes should be expanded and supported.
  • Tikanga and te reo programmes should be available in all prisons and youth justice centres.
  • Iwi and hapu should be involved in sentencing, prison management, and rehabilitation.

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

Whakapapa:  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...
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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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Latest Māori Development Announcements


Greens call on the government to end perpetual leases

The Green Party calls on the Government to end perpetual leases over Māori land so that Māori landowners can directly control their lands.
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Greens support Operation Pātiki restoring name for awa

The Green Party is proud to support Kohupātiki Marae to uphold the mana of their awa.
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Greens welcome step forward for Waimana whānau

The Government has finally agreed to meet with the whānau of Te Waimana Kaaku, a step the Green Party says must lead to warm, dry, secure homes bei...
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Crown closes the door for Waimana Housing programme

The Green Party is calling out the Government for its role in Te Waimana Kaaku whānau losing their deposits and the homes they were promised.
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Pay equity for kaiārahi i te reo celebrated

Recognising te reo and tikanga Māori in schools starts with pay equity, says the Green Party.
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Budget 2022: Greens celebrate landmark investment in climate action

Landmark week for climate action concludes with climate budget Largest ever investment in climate action one of many Green Party wins throughout B...
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