< November 2021 newsletter

Minister Jackson working to adopt UNDRIP

The next step in the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was kicked off last month with a targeted engagement strategy aimed at ensuring as many Māori voices as possible get to share their views on what should be included in a Declaration plan.

“The engagement until February 2022 is with whānau, iwi, hapū and significant Māori organisations, and will then be followed by a wider public consultation with New Zealanders on a draft Declaration plan next year,” Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson said when launching the engagement strategy.

After this targeted engagement the Cabinet will then approve a declaration plan. It is only then that the wider public get to have a say, which is planned for June – October next year.

The role of He Puapua in the implementation plan

According to the Ministry of Māori Development, the He Puapua report will be considered as part of the process - that it is a starting point in a wider conversation with New Zealanders about creating the plan.  

Minister Jackson said the Government was not ruling anything out ahead of consultation, sparking speculation constitutional changes suggested in He Puapua could be on the table. He Puapua promises Māori (around 16% of the population) equal power in the governance of New Zealand. Dr John Robinson’s book ‘He Puapua – Blueprint for Breaking Up New Zealand’ explains the threat to the rights and liberties of all other New Zealanders should recommendations in this report be adopted by the government. 

John: “The extent of the planned racial division of New Zealand became clear to me when I researched and wrote about He Puapua.”

John makes a plea for a determined united campaign by the majority of New Zealanders against the divisive and highly controversial constitutional transformation touted in the report. 

You can read an extract from John’s book which presents some key information by clicking HERE.

He Puapua – Blueprint for Breaking Up New Zealand is available from Tross Publishing

Sign the petition against co-governance

Hobson’s Pledge is collecting signatures on a petition against the He Puapua plan. Click here to sign  Reject co-governance and like and share the petition page. 

Media coverage

NewstalkZB National, Act come out against He Puapua, UN Indigenous Peoples' document

Northland Age: Seymour - Let's have an end to UNDRIP

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Towards the end of 2022 Democracy Action commissioned Professor James Allan, of the University of Queensland, to produce an analysis of the He Puapua Report  - a report that calls for highly controversial constitutional change. Specifically, we sought Professor Allan’s opinion on the implications for New Zealand’s liberal democracy in adopting recommendations made in He Puapua, and what this would mean for the future of New Zealand. Continue reading

'Others' not consulted on Declaration Plan

Photo: Andrew Little, Nanaia Mahuta, Jacinda Ardern, Kelvin Davis and David Parker at the 2018 National Iwi Chairs Forum. Alarm bells are ringing after Māori leaders expressed monumental ambitions during initial discussions with the Government about how to recognise the highly controversial United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Minister for Māori Development, Willie Jackson, says those discussions will shape the Government’s Declaration plan.  Continue reading

The campaign to implement UNDRIP continues

An associate professor at the University of Auckland Law School, Dr Claire Charters, is currently working on articles on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the relationship between tikanga Māori and the state legal system, tensions between human rights and indigenous peoples' rights and on the legitimacy of indigenous peoples' rights under international law, which will be published as a book by Cambridge University Press.  Continue reading

Plan underway to implement UNDRIP

The Ministry of Maori Development, is developing a plan to progress the implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Given the serious implications of this declaration, and the adoption of an engagement process with iwi, hapū and whānau, but not the wider community, the government needs to hear from us. Continue reading

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 Continue reading

Report on the Constitutional Kōrero 2022 conference

A conference to discuss the progress of formal constitutional recognition of indigenous peoples in their respective countries was held at the University of Auckland on 21-23 November. The Constitutional Kōrero 2022: Transforming New Zealand’s Constitution conference brought together indigenous lawyers and academics from New Zealand, the Pacific, North America, Australia, Asia, Latin America, Greenland, Scandinavia and Africa. Continue reading