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


Youth Talk Constitutional Transfomation, Waitangi 2015

MEDIA RELEASE Thursday 12th February 2015

For immediate release

Youth Talk Consitutional Transfomation, Waitangi 2015

'Constitutional transformation' was the message to last week's 175th commemorations of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, brought by Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi, a national youth project engaging young people in exploring New Zealand's constitutional history and expressing their thoughts, hopes and aspirations for our future. Matike Mai Aotearoa Rangatahi is the youth arm of the Constitutional Transformation Independent Working Group headed by Moana Jackson and Professor Margaret Mutu and is tasked with seeking out rangatahi contributions on constitutional transformation, covering the widest possible cross-section of Māori society.

"Rangatahi nationwide are clear on the type of country they want to live in" states Ngaa Rauuira Puumanawawhiti, a spokesperson for the Matike Mai Rangatahi youth group. "That is one where constitutional protection is afforded the health and wellbeing of our natural environment, access to education and health care, the mana motuhake of tangata whenua and their kawa, tikanga, He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti, and Māori knowledges, systems and institutions such as te reo me ona tikanga". He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti and Tikanga were not only the basis of these discussions, but their constitutional enshrinement was also reflected in the contributions collected from Rangatahi throughout the country.

"The finding of the Waitangi Tribunal that Māori did not cede sovereignty highlights the urgency of the issue and the need to listen to rangatahi aspirations as we engage, debate and work together on what a future constitutuion might look like".

Over the past three years 13 regional Matike Mai youth teams have been formed, with 80 youth educators now nationwide. A workshop using digital media, spoken word performance, audience participatory drama and small-to-large group activities was delivered in secondary schools, wharekura, tertiary organisations, as well as alternative and community education centres, teen parent units and youth justice centres.

"Youth throughout the country loved our workshop and expressed a deep gratitude at having been asked what they thought and felt about the future. Young voices are often not valued or are ignored, yet we are the ones who will shape our future constitution. To share the hopes and dreams of youth at Waitangi was an honour and we hope to be able to build on those messgaes".

To date the project has received financial support from the JR McKenzie Trust, the UN Trust Fund on Indigenous issues Small grants programme and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO.

"We are grateful for all the support we have received so far and are looking forward to growing this project into a national movement. Young people are positive about the future and have a deep sense of the need for greater mutual respect and peace. Only great things can come from this and continuing these discussions" concluded Ngaa Rauuira.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: on the inquiry into the abuse of children in care

Apparently, PM Jacinda Ardern has chosen to exclude faith-based institutions from the government’s promised inquiry into the abuse of children in state care.

Any role for religious institutions – eg the Catholic Church – would be only to observe and to learn from any revelations that arise from the inquiry’s self-limiting focus on state-run institutions… More


Gordon Campbell: On Jim Anderton
For anyone born after 1975, it is hard to grasp just how important a figure Jim Anderton was, for an entire generation.
During the mid to late 1980s, Anderton was the only significant public figure of resistance to the Labour government’s headlong embrace of Thatcherism...More>>


Gong Time: New Year's Honours List

Jacinda Ardern today congratulated the 179 New Zealanders named on the 2018 New Year’s Honours List.

“Although this list was compiled and completed by the last government, it is a pleasure to welcome in the New Year by recognising exceptional New Zealanders,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“As an Aunty, I love reading books to my nieces, so it’s lovely to congratulate Joy Cowley, who is made a member of the Order of New Zealand today....More
Full list

Roads: National launches bid to save highway projects

The National Party has launched a series of petitions aimed at saving regional highway projects at risk because of the Government’s obsession with Auckland trams…More>>


Medical Cannabis: Bill Introduced to “ease suffering”

Health Minister Dr David Clark says making medicinal cannabis more readily available will help relieve the suffering of people who are dying in pain More>>


Campbell: On The Quest For Zero Net Carbon Emissions
Some would querulously ask, zero net carbon emissions by 2050 – while others would say, why not?


CPAG Report: The Further Fraying Of The Welfare Safety Net

New Zealand’s welfare system has undergone a major transformation during the past three decades. This process has seriously thwarted the original intent of the system, which was to provide a decent standard of living for all New Zealanders in times of need... More>>





Featured InfoPages