Tag: Maori

NZ’s lack of action on Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release – Independent Maori Monitoring Mechanism Iwi Mori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum … MEDIA STATEMENT: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 18 July 2016 Iwi Māori have taken the government to task about their lack of implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Members of the Monitoring Mechanism, an independent working group of the National Iwi Chairs Forum recently tabled their second report[1]...

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Fred Whata’s position statement opposing the TPPA

Press Release – Rotorua Te Arawa TPPA Action Group Position Statement of Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement and Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill.Position Statement of Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, Trade in Services Agreement and Te Ture Whenua Maori Bill. I, Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata swear: Ko Rangiatea toku kororia, toku rangatiratanga Ko Papatuanuku toku piringa, toku turangawaewae Pou ki te whenua No reira ahau My dominion my authority from Rangiatea My embrace my standing place upon Papatuanuku Intimately connected within the whenua Is who I am I am Te Uru O Te Whetu Frederick Whata of Ngati Pikiao of the Te Arawa waka. I am the Great Grandson of Hakarangi Wahanui and Ngahuka Reimana Te Poihipi. The Grandson of Whata Karaka Hakarangi and Irimako Te Hake Haimona. The Son of Akapita Peter Whata and Keti Warena Haimona I stand upon my Turangawaewae with authority and power in the truth from knowing, I have absolute Sovereignty. In my individual capacity as a sovereign, I state that the Trans- Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) has no bearing on me or my Turangawaewae. I hereby oppose the TPPA and state that no outside sources or bodies can undermine or usurp my individual sovereignty. I object to the ratification of the Trans-Pacific...

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Māori Party continues to oppose the TPP

Press Release – The Maori Party The Mori Party will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill that will be introduced in Parliament today.12 May 2016 Māori Party continues to oppose the TPP The Māori Party will oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Amendment Bill that will be introduced in Parliament today. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says a recent report from the Waitangi Tribunal confirms concerns that the TPP could have a “chilling effect” on the Crown’s ability to meet its Treaty obligations. “While the Treaty exception clause generally permits the Government to take measures that favour Māori, there is some uncertainty as to how the Treaty exception will actually be interpreted,” he says. “We agree with the Tribunal’s findings that we simply don’t know whether the exception will ultimately prove to be the effective protection of Māori interests the Crown says it is,” Māori Party Co-leader Marama Fox says. “Uncertainty also remains that the ratification of the TPP could mean a less active protection of Māori interests in the future,” she says. “It is for Māori to define their interests and tell the Crown how they might best be protected. Māori are not just another interest group; and as the Crown’s Treaty partner their interests are always entitled to active protection,” she says. Māori Party Co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell says: “We are not anti-trade and we understand...

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Treaty of Waitangi rights protected in TPPA

Press Release – FOMA The Waitangi Tribunal’s ruling that the TPPA has not breached treaty obligations is of no surprise says FOMA Chairman Traci Houpapa.Friday 6th May 2016 Treaty of Waitangi rights protected in TPPA The Waitangi Tribunal’s ruling that the TPPA has not breached treaty obligations is of no surprise says FOMA Chairman Traci Houpapa. “Over the last 10 years New Zealand has entered into more than 110 trade agreements with the same provisions recognising the Treaty and the important place Māori hold in our country. We trust this decision will allay concerns and inform discussions. FOMA will...

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Trade Minister welcomes Tribunal TPP report

Press Release – New Zealand Government Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunals Report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement which found no breach of the Treaty of Waitangi.Hon Todd McClay Minister of Trade 5 May 2016 Trade Minister welcomes Tribunal TPP report Trade Minister Todd McClay has welcomed the Waitangi Tribunal’s Report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement which found no breach of the Treaty of Waitangi. “New Zealand’s approach to its free trade agreements reflects the constitutional significance of the Treaty of Waitangi to New Zealand. TPP specifically recognises the Treaty of Waitangi, so that...

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