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

 

Iwi to Hold own Constitutional Review

Iwi to Hold own Constitutional Review

Professor Margaret Mutu and Moana Jackson

For Immediate Release

From a national hui of iwi held in February, a Working Group on Constitutional Transformation has been brought together by Professor Margaret Mutu and Moana Jackson and met over the past weekend at Waipapa Marae at the University of Auckland. The purpose of the group is to engage with Maori and to work on developing a model constitution for our country based on Maori kawa and tikanga, He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tireni and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The group have agreed that the process must be “for Maori, by Maori” and that they will issue an invitation to meet with the Government once a satisfactory model has been agreed to by Maori.

Professor Mutu states “The group is aware that the Crown has recently instigated a ‘Constitutional Review’. We have made it clear that the Crown is not in a position to speak for Māori on this matter. Māori debate on the constitution has been with us for at least several decades now and a lot of work has already been done. It is great to think that we already have a solid foundation by which to base our response from.”

Convenor of the group, Moana Jackson, adds “We are asking that our people bring with them their thoughts and ideas about what they believe our tipuna anticipated when they agreed to He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti. It requires our people to think about what kawa and tikanga our tipuna lived by and how we might be able to give a voice to those belief systems via a constitution. It also involves asking our people to “Think outside the Westminster System” and imagine a world that appreciates Maori processes and values”.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>

 

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages