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


Indigenous Rights Petition gathers 1000 names

Petition gathers 1,000 names calling on government to engage Maori in UN Declaration on Indigenous Rights

An international petition expressing concern at the lack of Maori and general public involvement in determining the position taken by the New Zealand government at a key United Nations forum has been signed by over 1100 people from more than 40 countries around the world.

Manu Caddie, Director of the Pacific Centre for Participatory Democracy based in Gisborne, said the online petition, started just before Christmas, was initiated to demonstrate to the government how much support there was for meaningful engagement on the issue with Maori.

A number of prominent New Zealanders including artists, politicians, activists, academics, business leaders and lawyers have signed the petition which was presented to Parliament today. Petition organisers estimate that at least half of the names are people who identify themselves as Maori, and around one third are from indigenous peoples from overseas who have heard about the attempt by New Zealand government officials to radically alter the text of the draft Declaration which has been debated by states and indigenous peoples for the last ten years.

Aroha Te Pareake Mead, an academic from the School of Management at Victoria University, has been involved with the dDRIP for the last eighteen years and is critical of the government’s recent actions.

“Many Maori who have followed the Draft Declaration process were both concerned with and embarrassed by the Crown’s contribution at the recent Eleventh Inter-sessional Working Group Meeting on the draft Declaration.”

“We regard the position taken by NZ as constituting a significant shift in position. It was not interpreted by participants of the WGDD-11 as being constructive and warrants further discussion with Maori before articulation in such a sensitive international negotiation.”

“The latest contribution of the New Zealand government has also been widely criticised by indigenous peoples organisations present at that meeting as well as Amnesty International. The Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is the most important document to come out the United Nations in the last 50 years as far as Maori are concerned, we want to be part of establishing the New Zealand position, that’s all we ask.” said Ms Mead.

The petition was translated into Spanish and names of individuals on the petition come from countries as diverse as Bosnia, Ecuador, the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, Greece, Australia, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Italy, France, Chile, Brazil, Peru, Netherlands, Mexico, Columbia, Finland, Niger, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, Japan, Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia, Norway, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Philippines, Niue, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Malaysia, Belgium, India, and Panama.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election