In this policy, we strengthen the community and cultural connections of those who live in the islands and those who call Aotearoa home. We support the rights of Tagata Moana to decolonise and reindigenise their identity, including the use of their own Indigenous names. 


The self-determination of Tagata Moana is upheld and whakapapa connections are recognised across the Pacific. 


Values and Principles: 

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: We prioritise the use of Tagata Moana (people of the sea) to reflect our historical and whakapapa connections to Tangata Whenua (people of the land). This rich tapestry of interactions and relationships forms the foundation for solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across the Pacific. 

Non-Violence: We recognise that Tagata Moana have always resisted Western imperialism and colonisation, and have their own cultural practices for conflict resolution and peace-making.   

Appropriate Decision-making: We express solidarity with Indigenous movements and small independent island nations. We recognise the tradition of movements such as the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) and independence struggles such as those in West Papua and French-occupied Polynesia. 

Ecological Wisdom: We recognise the ancestral wisdom of Tagata Moana to care for the moana, and the flora and fauna of their islands and waters. 

Social Responsibility: We uphold the collectives rights of Tagata Moana to health, education, justice, housing and democracy in Aotearoa and in the islands.     

Strategic Priorities: 

The Green Party’s strategic goals include:

“As a Party we strive to create a more connected, compassionate and equal Aotearoa, free from structural biases that discriminate against groups and individuals. We want an Aotearoa that draws on our shared wisdom to meet the needs of all.”

Actions in this policy that work towards this include:

  • Support climate action led by and centred around Indigenous leadership, and relationships between Tangata Whenua and Tagata Moana. (8.1)
  • Build communities with houses designed for multi-generational family units and with greater access to public transport and other public amenities. (4.1)
  • Promote Pasifika-led health-care models based on Tagata Moana concepts, practices and values. (3.1)
  • Dismantle the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme and replace it with a scheme that gives Pasifika workers access to residency pathways, fair wages, housing and essential services. (7.1) 
  • Develop equitable and culturally-appropriate pathways and programmes for students for tertiary and other education. (2.4) 

Connected Policies:

This policy is connected to the following policies: Immigration, Rainbow, Education, Marine, Global Affairs, Climate Change, and Housing and Sustainable Communities.