< April 2019 newsletter


Margaret Mutu pushing for implementation of UNDRIP

Margaret Mutu, current leader of the Iwi Chairs Forum, is pushing for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, (UNDRIP), claiming the Minister for Maori Development, Nanaia Mahuta, is supportive. See media release ‘Iwi Pleased with Government Decision to Develop a Plan of Action for Indigenous Rights’ and listen to a Waatea News interview with MUTU by clicking HERE

UNDRIP was signed up to by NZ in 2010, despite concerns by many regarding four provisions which make the declaration fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand's constitutional and legal arrangements. For instance, Article 26, as then Minister of Māori Affairs Parekura Horomia said in 2007, "appears to require recognition of rights to lands now lawfully owned by other citizens, both indigenous and non-indigenous. This ignores contemporary reality and would be impossible to implement."

Contrary to Mutu’s assertion, UNDRIP is not a legally binding instrument under international law.

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