Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Indigenous Peoples Conference On “HOLOCAUST"

Official Statement of the Indigenous Peoples Conference regarding “HOLOCAUST"

Indigenous Peoples delegates, members and representatives from various countries attending an International Workshop in Wellington, Aotearoa on 8 – 10 September 2000 to discuss: THE UNITED NATIONS DRAFT DECLARATION ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES: The Conference makes the following Statement: The Waitangi Tribunal in its report of the Taranaki claim found that Maori people had suffered the effects of colonisation and invasion by New Zealand Government colonial forces. The word used by the Tribunal to describe the magnitude of the suffering by Taranaki tribes was a “Holocaust”. The Right Honorable Tariana Turia, a Maori member of Parliament and also a representative of people from the Wanganui and Taranaki regions has affirmed the findings of the Waitangi Tribunal. She compared the effects of colonisation on Maori people as a “holocaust”.

This Conference having substantial experience of the effects and processes of Imperialism and colonisation throughout Asia, Africa, the America’s, Australia, Hawai’i, Greenland, Artic, Aotearoa, agree with the Waitangi Tribunal and the member of Parliament, Tariana Turia. The fact that various New Zealand commentators, Politicians, media and academics have been outraged by the use of the term “holocaust” and view the term “holocaust” narrowly as being related only to the sufferings of the Jewish people does not alter the reality of many other peoples who have suffered systematic and brutal murder, torture, physical and mental oppression and extermination as peoples. The limited definition that Pakeha politicians and commentators place on the term “holocaust” indicates a denial to face up to the injustice perpetrated on Indigenous Peoples by colonisation and therefore a reluctance to find meaningful long term solutions and remedies. Limiting definitions such as “holocaust” is a manifestation of racism. Whether murder, slaughter and dispossession was achieved indiscriminately through a musket, cannon, sword, legislation or a gas chamber is irrelevant in defining the term “holocaust”.

The Conference supports Maori people and their allies in researching the loss of life, lands and resources at the hands of the New Zealand Government.

The Conference states that the term “holocaust” is not to be narrowly construed or defined. Indigenous Peoples claim the right to define “holocaust” in a broad sense, encompassing the oppression and systematic extermination of Indigenous Peoples by any means engaged by the Colonial Governments.

The Conference call on the New Zealand Government to acknowledge the past wrongs of colonialism perpetuated on the Maori people and to seek meaningful steps to protect the rights of Maori people as guaranteed in the Treaty of Waitangi.

The Conference further call on the New Zealand Government to display, as an act of good will and faith toward achieving meaningful and long term settlements and peace with Maori people, the New Zealand Government will support the adoption at the United Nations of the: United Nations Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as it is currently drafted. Thankyou signed

Tebtebba Foundation Inc, Philippines

International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, Denmark

Asian Indigenous and Tribal Peoples Network, India

Griqua National Conference of South Africa, South Africa

European Network for Indigenous Australian Rights, UK

National Aboriginal Institute of Legal Services, Australia

International Indian Treaty Council, USA

Fundacion para la promocion del conocimiento indigena, Panama

Defensoria Maya, Guatemala

Maori Law Commission

Ngati Te Ata

Te Kawau Maro


Sami Council, Norway, Sweden and Finland

Ka Lahui Hawai'i, USA


for Aotearoa-(NZ comment) contact Anthony Sinclair ph 09 6205280 ________________________________________________________

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>


Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>


Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>


Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>


Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>


Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>


Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election