Māori Issues Policy

The Green Party envisions a nation where Te Tiriti o Waitangi is accepted and celebrated as a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand, the status of Māori as tangata whenua is recognised and respected, and the many dynamic aspects of Māori life and culture are enhanced for the benefit of us all.
We seek a future where tikanga is respected and enabled, where racism is eliminated, and where the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual effects of colonisation on our people are healed to create a healthy society where everyone thrives.

Key Principles

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a fundamental constitutional document.
  • The rangatiratanga of tāngata whenua is a collective human right protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
  • Resolution and restitution for all outstanding breaches of Te Tiriti must be found.
  • Māori are entitled to equitable access to secure employment and decent income.
  • Local economic development by, with and for mana whenua is essential.
  • Tāngata whenua must be recognised and supported both in their role as kaitiaki and in protecting their taonga and tikanga against negative impacts.
  • The kaitiakitanga of hapū, and shared decision making with mana whenua must be supported and respected.
  • The status of health as a taonga to Māori must be recognised.
  • Elevate and celebrate unique taonga of toi o Māori and the contribution it makes to the identity of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Specific Policy Points

Respect for Rangatiratanga

  • Support and implement the Declaration of Indigenous Peoples Rights.
  • Support the entrenchment of the Māori seats.
  • Enable Māori voters to change from the General to the Māori roll, or vice versa, at any time.
  • Support guaranteed tangata whenua participation in local governance.
  • Support all Te Tiriti o Waitangi claimants having the opportunity to have their land and resources returned to them.
  • Make funding, resources and expertise available for claimants to properly prepare their claims.

Reaffirmation and Support for Kaitiakitanga

  • Recognise ancestral land ownership and kaitiakitanga in rural areas.
  • Support an increased role for mana whenua as kaitiaki of their rohe.
  • Support the return to iwi sites within the Conservation Estate that are of high value to tangata whenua, such as waahi tapu.
  • Reject the use of the Conservation Estate as a cheap source of land for Treaty settlements.
  • Fund a process to enable tangata whenua to exercise their kaitiakitanga over the marine environment, including their customary and commercial fishing resources.
  • Require regional councils to recognise the kaitiaki role of hapū when developing regional coastal plans and aquaculture management areas.
  • Recognise the cultural heritage value of traditional Māori plants and animals.
  • Respect Māori concepts of the sacred nature of mauri and of whakapapa.

Ensuring Access to Economic Prosperity

  • Support equitable access for Māori to secure employment and decent wages.
  • Encourage research to identify discriminatory workplace practises.
  • Support effective equal employment opportunities programmes, training and support to encourage Māori into higher-paid areas of employment.
  • Support Māori protection of cultural and traditional knowledge, and intellectual property rights, from misappropriation.
  • Work with iwi and hapū to facilitate the use of iwi-owned forests and forestry waste for biomass
  • Facilitate iwi and hapū involvement in the development and use of geothermal energy
  • Support papakainga and local iwi and hapū third sector housing
  • Provide support for Māori service providers to provide free or low cost small business training and to assist students to access start up capital for their ventures.

Support for Matauranga Māori

  • Support Māori to have control of their education and contribute to the education of all New Zealanders.
  • Introduce universal Te Reo Māori in all public schools and provide the resources necessary to enable this.
  • Work towards tikanga Māori being taught in all schools
  • Increase funding levels so that there are adequate resources in te reo for kura, kohanga reo, and other full immersion and bilingual learners.
  • Increase the number of places and scholarships available for the training of Māori teachers and teachers in te reo.
  • Increase the number of Māori advisers and resource teachers.
  • Support the critical role that kuia and kaumatua have within matauranga Māori.
  • Remain committed to a dedicated Māori Television broadcasting service.

Māori Justice

  • Ensure that tikanga and to reo programmes, delivered by Māori, are available in all prisons and youth justice centres.
  • Facilitate hapū and iwi collaboration in prison management.
  • Fund the development of Māori focus units in all prisons and youth justice centres.

Wahine Māori

  • Resource a series of nationwide hui of wahine Māori to determine their priorities and needs for the future.
  • Implement programmes and policies to reduce existing social and economic disparities between Māori and non-Māori women.

Health as Taonga

  • Support research partnerships between Māori and non-Māori to meet the urgent need for research that benefits Māori health.
  • Increase accessibility of health services to Māori through increased community and marae-based services.
  • Ensure Māori representation and consultation at all levels of the health service.
  • Support rongoa Māori, including traditional breastfeeding and birthing practices.
  • Accelerate the training and development for Māori healthcare workers.
  • Support and extend targeted smoking cessation programmes for Māori women.
  • Support tangata whenua initiatives to supply high quality mental health care.

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