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.
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