Minister goes to the UN to plead indigenous rights

The Minister for Māori Development, Hon Nanaia Mahuta will go to the United Nations this Easter to argue the case for Indigenous Peoples’ rights around the world. 

Minister Mahuta will be speaking several times at the Permanent Forum of the UN from Monday the 22nd of April. She will also attend a World Indigenous Business Forum roundtable discussion. 

“I want to promote what Aotearoa New Zealand is doing to address indigenous issues. I know that tikanga Māori must add value to this country’s international reputation. 

“I will emphasise that our indigenous development is fundamental to stronger relationships between indigenous peoples and their governments. 

“At the core of what I am advocating at the UN will be New Zealand’s own roadmap to the United Nation's Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

“I have already said that many of the Government’s actions on Māori development and well-being are consistent with the Declaration but there is still more we could and should do,” said Hon Nanaia Mahuta. 

This month a high level delegation from the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP) visited New Zealand. They held Hui up and down the country and talked to senior Government ministers. 

“I hope to have an open dialogue in New York with the representatives of other indigenous nations on the real benefits that indigenous models can bring to policy development and the delivery of public services,” said Nanaia Mahuta. 

When she is in North America, Minister Mahuta will also visit Toronto where she will attend an ANZAC service, meet with young Indigenous Leaders and visit various housing initiatives.

Haere ana te Minita ki te Kotahitanga o ngā Whenua o te Ao ki te tautohe motika iwi taketake

Ka haere te Minita Whanaketanga Māori, te Hōnore Nanaia Mahuta ki te Kotahitanga o ngā Whenua i tēnei Aranga ki te tautohe i te kaupapa mō ngā motika o ngā Iwi Taketake huri noa i te ao.

Ka rite anō te tū ki te kōrero a te Minita Mahuta ki te Wānanga Karioi o Te Kotahitanga o ngā Whenua o te Ao mai i te Rāhina te 22 o Paengawhāwhā. Ka tae atu hoki ia ki tētahi matapaki ā-tāngata ki te Wānanga Pakihi Iwi Taketake ā-Ao.

“Kei te hiahia whakatairanga au i te mahi a Aotearoa i ngā kaupapa whakatikatika i ngā motika me ngā kaupapa o ngā iwi taketake. Kei te mōhio au he nui te hua o te tikanga Māori ki te ingoa o tō mātou whenua huri noa i te ao.

“Me pēnei anō taku kī he mea matua te whanaketanga o ngā iwi taketake ki te whakapakaritanga o te hononga i waenga i ngā iwi taketake me ō rātou kāwanatanga.

“Ko te ngako o tāku e taunaki nei ki te Kotahitanga o ngā Whenua o te Ao ko te mahere huarahi ake o Aotearoa ki Te Whakapuakitanga o ngā Motika o Ngā Iwi Taketake.

“Kua oti kē i a au te kī e hāngai ana ki te Whakapuakitanga te nuinga o ngā mahi a te Kāwanatanga ki te whanaketanga me te oranga o te iwi Māori, heoi anō, arā anō ngā mahi e taea ai, me oti ai anō hoki" tā te Hōnore Nanaia Mahuta.

I tēnei marama i tae mai tētahi kāhui mana nui i te Tikanga Tautōhito ki ngā Motika o ngā Iwi Taketake(Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP)) ki Aotearoa nei. Ka tū ngā Hui ki runga, ki raro huri noa te whenua ka kōrero hoki rātou ki ngā minita Kāwanatanga.

“Ko taku whāinga kia māhorahora te kōrero i Te Āporo Nui ki te hunga e whakakanohi mai ana i tēnā whenua iwi taketake, i tēnā whenua iwi taketake ki ngā hua tūturu o ngā tauira iwi taketake ki te whanaketanga o ngā kaupapahere me te whakahaere o ngā ratonga tūmatanui,” te kī a Nanaia Mahuta.

I a ia i Amerika ki te Tonga ka tau atu ia ki Toronoto ki tētahi Whakamaumaharatanga ANZAC, ka tūtaki ia ki ngā Kaiārahi o ngā Iwi Taketake rangatahi, ka tirotiro haere hoki ia ki ngā tūmomo kaupapa kōkiri whare.