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The ANZAC Spirit

Following are extracts from Chief Commissioner David Rutherford’s speech at “The ANZAC Spirit and Human Rights Forum” hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission on Thursday May 1 2014.

“In New Zealand our Army calls itself themselves Ngāti Tūmatauenga: the tribe of the God of War, Tūmatauenga or Tū.
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Image: Matepurua Matt Maihi“One day the land will come back”

Matepurua Matt Maihi has supported the marae most of his life, and is the current manager of Ōrākei Marae in Auckland. Ngāti Whātua ki Ōrākei have had long associations with agencies and local businesses.

“Government departments lean on us as Mana Whenua and are starting to take an interest in Treaty issues,” said Matt, “and we are developing cohesion through MOU’s (memorandum of understanding) − everyone wants to have an association with us.”
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The Obligation of Partnership

“The obligation of the partnership between the Crown and Rangatira is a critical element of the Treaty of Waitangi. At the highest level, these partnerships ensure the inclusion of tikanga and kawa in the development of policy and legislation especially those pieces impacting on Tangata Whenua.   Kawa, in this context, refers to the constitutional nature of developing policy and legislation, and tikanga is the right pathways forward.
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The 2014 NZ Diversity Forum will be held on Sunday and Monday 24−25 August in Christchurch at the University of Canterbury.

Now in its 10th year, the forum is a unique national convention, at which people involved in race relations, human rights and cultural diversity come together to share ideas and good practice.

The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s own, unique statement of human rights and represents the founding document of this nation.  It is the promise of two people to take the best possible care of each other. 

The obligations inherent to this promise are summarised in the Commission’s Treaty framework as:

  • Partnership and participation in decisions
  • Protection of rangatiratanga (self-determination) and taonga such as reo (language), tikanga (customs) and mātauranga (knowledge)
  • Participation in society on an equal basis to others, and freedom from discrimination.
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UNDRIPThe Human Rights Commission launched a new resource in Waitangi on Waitangi Day – a resource that will hopefully speak to you!

The Commission worked with Iwi leaders to produce a video that speaks the articles of the UN Declaration in te reo Māori and English. The purpose of the resource is to raise awareness of the human rights standards associated with the Treaty based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples “as a standard of achievement to be pursued in a spirit of partnership and mutual respect.” 
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Community Profile: Anahera Scott

AnaheraWe asked the wahine herself, Anahera Scott, about human rights, her fellowship to Geneva and what she hopes to take from the United Nations programme. 
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From Wairoa to Geneva and home again

Tēnā koutou e ngā kaimanako o tēnei kawerongo rorohiko Whitiwhiti Kōrero

Last week it was announced that Anahera Scott, senior staff member of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, has been chosen to join the United Nations Indigenous Fellowship Programme 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland, as an Indigenous Fellow.

You might well ask what the connection could possibly be between a kura teacher from Wairoa and the United Nations and Geneva. You might well ask how a programme in Geneva could possibly have anything to say to Māori in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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Survey winner

Thank you to everyone to took the time to complete the survey for this newsletter, we very much appreciate it. If you completed the survey you went into the draw to win a $30 gift voucher … so, drum roll please … congratulations go to Kandyce Bevan!  The voucher is in the post to you.

The Tūhonohono project is the Commission’s Māori Community Development programme.   
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The National Youth Forum runs in parallel with the New Zealand Diversity Forum and  is an opportunity for young people from all over the county to come together to discuss and engage in issues relating to cultural diversity. 
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Ngā Ingoa Māori

This week is Māori Language Week and the theme is Ngā Ingoa Māori, Māori place names, with a particular focus on pronunciation.  
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We are launching a new poster celebrating the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People.   
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In each of the Commission offices Mana Whenua have gifted us their tikanga to whakatau manuhiri.  
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Ngā Ingoa, Māori is this year’s theme for Māori Language Week. 
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Increasingly, business activities impact on people’s rights.   
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When thinking about the Māori electoral option we wanted to take a look back at the origins of these seats – as in the words of the great Bob Marley – “in this great future, you can’t forget your past”.   
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The Commission recently held a Hunga Hauā Hui (Māori Disability Forum) at Araiteuru Marae in Dunedin. 
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The right to health, to justice, to work, to education, to be free from discrimination: these rights belong to all of us.  
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Aotearoa/New Zealand’s constitution is under review and everyone is invited to share their aspirations for our country.   
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This year a UN Committee will examine Aotearoa/New Zealand’s record in race relations. 
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Promise/Oati: What’s up Waitangi?

Waitangi Day: a day to reflect on just how well we are taking care of each other.  
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“Kia ora everyone, nau mai, hoki mai, leading your One News bulletin tonight: Wairoa officially becomes the first bilingual town in Aotearoa” reads (a slightly older) Peter Williams on the 10th of December 2040.   
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The 2013 Local Government Elections will be here before we know it so we spoke to Local Government New Zealand to find out more. 
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New Zealand signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1966 and ratified it in 1972. 
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Earlier this year, the Independent Māori Statutory Board completed a ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi Audit’ – an assessment of how well the Auckland Council meets its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.  
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Ngā Ingoa Māori

The theme for Māori Language Week next year is Ngā ingoa Māori.   
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We asked Commissioner Karen Johansen how the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) can assist in the education shake-up in Christchurch.   
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Kua hinga he tōtara i te wa-o-nui ā Tāne

‘He kura i tangihia, he maimai aroha, he tangi apakura mōhou kua wehe atu rā e te manukura, e te rangatira’ 
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Be heard by CERD!

New Zealand signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1966 and ratified it in 1972.  
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“Human rights cannot be aspirational” – Report on the Fifth session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) 
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On the 13th of September, at the invitation of King Tuheitia, Tangata Whenua gathered at Tūrangawaewae Marae to discuss indigenous rights to water, the heart of the issue being, who owns the water? 
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This United Nations Fund gives priority to projects focusing on indigenous development, particularly in the areas of culture, education, health, human rights, the environment and social and economic development. 
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Following is one comment in response to our Rangatiratanga survey. 
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At present there are only two qualified tri-lingual (te reo Māori/English/New Zealand sign language) interpreters in New Zealand. 
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While there have been many attempts to eliminate major ethnic inequalities in health, education, criminal justice and the public sector,  inequalities persist. 
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New Zealand signed the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination in 1966 and ratified it in 1972. 
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The Constitutional Advisory Panel will shortly begin consulting New Zealanders about constitutional issues. 
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Valmaine Toki

Valmaine Toki, a senior lecturer in law at the University of Waikato, says that Māori have rights to water in Aotearoa New Zealand. 
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It’s Māori Language Week again! A week when all of Aotearoa is encouraged to give Māori Language a go. 

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Promise/Oati: Te Mana i Waitangi

The Commission’s Treaty framework is now available in hard copy. 


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Promise/Oati: Water rights

Earlier this year the Human Rights Commission produced a paper, “Human Rights and Water”. 


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The 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum is being held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland.


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The Human Rights Commission is keen to collect views about the practice of Rangatiratanga in today’s society.


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Statistics New Zealand has launched Te Ao Mārama 2012. 


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The Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) was established to assist the Human Rights Council implement the Universal Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).


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Rangatiratanga in the 21st Century

The Human Rights Commission is keen to collect views about the practice of Rangatiratanga in today’s society. 
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This year International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples (9 August) will shine a spotlight on indigenous media.


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What is it?

“A freakin’ cool experience where I feel I have made a change to the way diversity is looked at in NZ.  I got a super opportunity to express myself and attempt to make change for what feels right” – Youth Forum participant 2011.
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New Zealand Diversity Forum

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Auckland, 17-20 August 2012

The 2012 New Zealand Diversity Forum will be held on 19-20 August at Aotea Centre in Auckland. The theme of the conference, “Aotearoa, A Fair Go for All” continues from Race Relations Day in March 2012.
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Ever wondered how to say “Nek minit…” in te reo Māori? 
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A two day hui for Māori to discuss disability issues will be held at Makaurau Marae from Friday 22 June in the Auckland suburb of Māngere. 
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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.   
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Tūhonohono Programme

One of the functions of the Commission under the Human Rights Act is to promote understanding of the human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi.   
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A one-day conference to promote and enhance ways to build Māori capacity and capability to contribute to Council decision-making will go ahead in Tauranga next month, after being postponed late last year. 
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The Commission has submitted to the study on the role of languages and culture by the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous People (EMRIP). The Commission says language and culture are indivisible, as language contains, and allows for the expression of culture. 
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The Government has submitted its report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination about race relations in New Zealand. That means civil society groups and individuals can now submit their own reports (sometimes called ‘shadow reports’) to the Committee. 
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The changing face of New Zealand and its implications for race relations are highlighted in the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of race relations. 
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Forty years ago this month New Zealand’s first piece of human rights legislation, the Race Relations Act 1971, came into force on 1 April, 1972. 
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Below is the list of governments that are scheduled in front of UN Treaty Bodies.  Indigenous people can apply for assistance to attend these meetings if you meet the requirements.  The application information is below.  
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Young people are more likely to value the Treaty of Waitangi than their elders, according to the Human Rights Commission’s annual review of the Treaty relationship.

In a survey of 4000 year 9 students conducted by the Ministry of Education last year, two thirds said the Treaty held personal importance to them. By contrast, a Human Rights Commission survey on attitudes to the Treaty found that only half of adults surveyed considered the Treaty to be for all New Zealanders.
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Councils had until 23 November to decide whether or not to establish Māori seats in time for the 2013 local government elections.


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Annual Māori Language Awards

Congratulations to all the winners in the annual Māori Language Awards held in Rotorua on Friday 23 November.


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Māori-led conference for the Bay postponed

In the October issue of Whitiwhiti Kōrero it was reported that a one-day conference on Māori land, constitutional reform and local government, Māori perspectives on water, natural resource co-governance models, economic development and post-settlement futures was to be held in Mount Maunganui on 31 October.


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Tributes flow for retiring official

Karen Sewell retired from her position as Secretary for Education this month.


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Green Paper on vulnerable children

The Human Rights Commission believes children are a taonga and it takes a whānau and community to raise and nurture our tamariki.


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The launch of the report He Ara Hou – The Pathway Forward, in September revealed that of the 200,000 children living in Aotearoa New Zealand below the poverty line just over 59,000 are Māori.


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International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December ) is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992.


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.  


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.  
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A whānau affair

Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen shares her story about attending the Fourth Session of the Expert Mechanism for the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Geneva, July 2011. 
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Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (The Māori Language Commission) has announced the finalists for the 2011 Māori Language Awards. A total of 27 finalists across 15 categories have been identified. 
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Statement on Tribunal decision

The Director of the Office of Human Rights Proceedings Robert Hesketh says he is disappointed at a decision released by the Human Rights Review Tribunal this month on a case involving a Māori employee working for a catering company who was asked to cover her moko which she regarded as a profound expression of Māori identity. 
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Maori-led conference for the Bay

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres is one of the guest speakers at a one-day conference on  Māori land, constitutional reform and local government, Māori perspectives on water, natural resource co-governance models, economic development and post-settlement futures to be held in Mount Maunganui on 31 October. 
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Come and hear about how you can have your say to the United Nations about racial discrimination in New Zealand – the progress and challenges.


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The Human Rights Commission has called on the Government to act on recommendations from the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 


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Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has urged the Government to allow individuals to complain to the UN about matters of racial discrimination. 


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The Human Rights Commission formally farewelled Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan at a moving poroporoaki ceremony held at Ōrākei Marae, Auckland on Friday 19 August.


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Tūrangawaewae o te Ao

A highlight for a number of participants at this year’s Diversity Forum was participating in a memorable welcome for ethnic communities onto Tūrangawaewae Marae on Friday 19 August.


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The winners of the 2011 New Zealand Diversity Awards were announced at the conclusion of the 2011 New Zealand Diversity Forum in Hamilton, where Tainui Group Holdings received a special award for the way a sense of Waikato/Tainui has been incorporated into the group’s major mall Te Awa at the retail development, the Base.


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Kaitakawaenga for Christchurch Office

The Commission is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Kaitakawaenga for the Christchurch office, replacing Tina Marsh who recently left for another position.  


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.  


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.  
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Commissioner Karen Johansen represented the Commission at the July annual meeting in Geneva of the Fourth Session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. 
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Race Relations and the United Nations

The Ministry of Justice will host a forum at the NZ Diversity Forum on the Government’s report on compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) 
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The Human Rights Commission will host a forum about structural discrimination at the annual NZ Diversity Forum
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Forum workshops present major human rights issues 
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In an historic event, the Māori King Tuheitia, has invited representatives from ethnic communities to a special pōwhiri during the 5th Koroneihana (Coronation) celebration at Tūrangawaewae Marae in the Waikato on Friday (19 August). 
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Sir Paul Reeves a human rights champion

Nation loses great advocate for human rights and the Treaty
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Structural discrimination, WAI 262 and Māori representation in local government are all on the agenda at the New Zealand Diversity Forum to be held in Hamilton on 21-22 August. The forum is being held at the Claudelands Event Centre.


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Tribute to Te Atairangikaahu

The passing of the Māori Queen, Te Arikinui Dame Te Atairangikaahu, on 15 August 2006 evoked a national response across all boundaries of culture, belief and ethnicity.


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In association with the Diversity Forum in Hamilton, the Race Relations Commissioner, the Human Rights Commission and representatives of ethnic communities have been invited by the Kingitanga to a powhiri at Turangawaewae Marae on Friday 19 August at 12.00 pm.


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Manaaki Tamariki

A TVNZ documentary crew interviewed the Commission’s Auckland Kaiwhakarite in te reo for a programme examining the reasons and potential solutions to high rates of child abuse among Māori.


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 


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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
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New Zealand’s seventh marae-based youth court was launched recently in Whakatāne. 
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First te reo Countdown

Aotearoa’s first te reo supermarket opened in Tokoroa last month.  
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Māori Language Week – 4-10 July

E arohatia nei e Te Kāhui tika Tangata i te reo Māori, ā ka whakanuia te wiki o te reo Māori mai i te 4 – 10 o Hōngongoi. 
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Tuhonohono 2010/2011

The Ahi Kaa team has been on the road for the past month meeting and engaging with four different North Island communities. 
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Treaty of Waitangi e-resource

The Commission has produced Te Mana i Waitangi, a new resource exploring the human rights dimensions of the Treaty.
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Māori Language Week 2011

Māori Language Week has been a feature of the New Zealand calendar since 1975.  
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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
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Anahera Scott, Principal of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kahungunu ki Wairoa, has been selected by her whānau to attend Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) from 11-15 July this year. 
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NZ Diversity Forum comes to Hamilton

This year’s national Diversity Forum will take place in Hamilton on 21-22 August, offering a wide range of individual forums of relevance to Māori. 
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The Commission has received mixed reactions to improving Māori representation in local government after Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres’ request to councils to consider the option of Māori seats this year.  
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The Commission’s Ahi Kaa team will be delivering a Tuhonohono programme to whānau, rangatahi and pakeke on Opape Marae in Opotiki, the first human rights based marae. 
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Bioprospecting

Aotearoa New Zealand’s flora and fauna has great commercial and scientific potential. 
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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
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Public awareness – UMR

A public opinion survey conducted in 2010 by UMR Insight Ltd, found the number of New Zealanders who had a good understanding of the Treaty fell slightly, from 41 per cent to 39 per cent. 
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Diversity Forum 2011 – 21-22 August

Hamilton is hosting the 2011 New Zealand Diversity Forum at Claudelands Convention Centre.  
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United Nations Meetings coming up

The Permanent Forum is one of three UN bodies that is mandated to deal specifically with indigenous peoples’ issues. 
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Special Rapporteur reports

The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, visited New Zealand in July, 2010. 
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Local Government Representation

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres has written to all mayors and chairs of regional councils requesting their councils consider the option of Māori seats this year. 
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In each Whitiwhiti Korero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
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Workshop adopts Tamaki Makaurau statement

Representatives from indigenous people’s organisations and national human rights institutions from 15 countries unanimously adopted a statement on indigenous rights last year at a hui held in Tamaki Makaurau. 
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The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has made recommendations on how New Zealand can do a better job for its children. 
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This year’s Waitangi Day was the first time tri-lingual interpreters were used to ensure the full participation of the Deaf community in the formal events commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
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Human Rights in New Zealand 2010

The Commission launched its major report card on the state of human rights in New Zealand on 10 December 2010, International Human Rights Day. 
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Power Sharing in the 21st Century

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres recently addressed the Te Papa Treaty of Waitangi Debates.
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Human rights and the Treaty

The Commission has produced a number of resources on Treaty issues. 
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Representatives from Indigenous people’s organisations and national human rights institutions from 15 countries have unanimously adopted a statement on indigenous rights the workshop held at Tamaki Makaurau, Auckland from 30 November – 3 December 2010.
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Chief Commissioner Rosslyn Noonan and Kaiwhakarite Paula Pirihi were invited to speak at the International Conference on Human Rights Education (HRE) earlier this month in Sydney, Australia.
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In each Whitiwhiti Korero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand. 
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The annual Australia New Zealand Race Relations Roundtable was held in Canberra on 10 November 2010.
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Review of Human Rights 2010

 The Human Rights Commission will be publishing its Review of Human Rights 2010 in early December. 
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Ngāti Kahungunu is concerned at the low level of Māori participation and representation in local government resulting from the recently completed elections.
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Coming Up

Put these dates in your calendar.
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Government has been reviewing issues around access to New Zealand’s biological resources and associated knowledge. 
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In each Whitiwhiti Korero we look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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Kura Tika Tangata

A story about Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kahungunu ki Wairoa featured in our August issue.
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Upcoming dates to note

Dates of note for your diary:
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The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), together with the New Zealand Human Rights Commission, is hosting a workshop for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) in the Asia-Pacific region next month to discuss the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
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Review of Human Rights in Aotearoa

The Human Rights Commission is updating its status report Human Rights in New Zealand Today – Ngā Tika Tangata o te Motu.
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Māori representation in local government

The local body elections are over, but the analysis of Māori representation on regional and local councils and district health boards is still to come. 
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Whānau hauā – Māori disabled people

The Human Rights Commission is working to ensure whānau hauā (Māori disabled people) are involved in implementing and monitoring the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Aotearoa. This New Zealand Diversity Forum session worked to provide information about the CRPD and discuss how well it is being implemented for whānau hauā.
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In each Whitiwhiti Kōrero, we want to look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN Declaration) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.
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Rahui Katene’s SpeechNew Zealand Diversity Forum

New Zealand Diversity Forum

The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations in 2007, with the New Zealand Government giving its support earlier this year.
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Settlement Support logo

Settlement Support logo

The Treaty of Waitangi is important to all New Zealanders. Māori who signed the Treaty agreed to share their country with the people who would come here later.
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Whakatū Marae partners with CYFS

The Human Rights Commission has recently completed a case study on Whakatū Marae and CYFS, working together to improve services to whānau Māori.

The relationship between the two organisations and whānau is based on an understanding of best practise for Māori whānau. Through the relationship, CYFS and Whakatū Marae have made a commitment to provide the best possible care for Māori whānau. The marae now has a number of health and welfare services on site or easily accessible to its whānau.

Nelson CYFS site manager Maree Meechang said, “All parties have benefited from the experience. It’s definitely something we’d do again.”

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Māori representation in local government

As New Zealanders go to the polls this month to elect their regional, city and district councils, it is timely to recall that until now Māori representation in local government has been very low. It will be interesting to see whether there will be any improvement this time. There are a considerable number of Māori candidates, but they are subject, in most cases, to the majority vote of non-Māori.
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Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen was one of six New Zealanders who attended the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples from 12-16 July in Geneva.


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Thank you to all members who completed the online survey regarding the strengths of the Te Mana I Waitangi Network. The survey indicated that 67% of respondents had been involved in the network in some way in the past two years.


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During his recent visit, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights and fundamental freedoms of indigenous people, James Anaya met with NZ Human Rights Commissioners Roslyn Noonan and Joris de Bres to discuss key issues for NZ regarding Māori rights.


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Network Waitangi Ōtautahi, the non-governmental organisation that encourages those who do not have Māori ancestry to understand the Treaty of Waitangi, has added new resources to its website.


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Tuhonohono Māori is an Ahi Kaa project that aims to take human rights into Māori communities. The first Human Rights Commission Tuhonohono Māori Engagement was hosted by Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Kahungunu ki Wairoa and held at Whakirangi Marae, Frasertown, from 6-7 July.


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Each year the Human Rights Commission and the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO host the National Youth Forum on Cultural Diversity. This year the annual National Youth Forum will be held in Christchurch from 21-23 August. The Youth Forum is run in parallel with the NZ Diversity Forum.


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There will be four sessions with a Māori focus at this year’s NZ Diversity Forum, which will be held from 22-23 August at the Christchurch Convention Centre.


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The New Zealand Health Strategy talks of “forming effective partnerships at all levels under the Treaty of Waitangi” and asks DHB’s to identify ways they can respond to Māori needs and support Māori health services.
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Te Mana i Waitangi Network Survey

A few months ago the Commission was keen to find out from the Te Mana i Waitangi network on how well the network is functioning and where it needs to improve.
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For Samoan Language week the Commission held a forum in the Wellington office, ‘O le Gagana Samoa meets Reo Māori.
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The new chief executive for the Maori Language Commission was welcomed recently by Te Puni Kokiri.
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Te Wiki o te Reo Māori

Māori Language Week has been a feature of the New Zealand calendar since 1975.
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Matariki 2010

Matariki is now well established as a midwinter celebration of the Māori New Zealand New Year.
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The “Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)” is completing a study on indigenous peoples and the right to participate in decision making.
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Gateway to the Commission

Joris and PatressePatresse Herewini-Te Kani with Commissioner Joris de Bres A student Patresse Herewini-TeKani (pictured with Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres) from Te Waha o Rerekohu Area School, Te Araroa spent a week at the Commission’s Wellington office as a gateway student. The placement was organised during a workshop held on Awatere Marae organised by the Tairawhiti Human Rights Network.
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Speech award winners

Aperahama Hurihanganui

Aperahama Hurihanganui

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres awarded Aperahama Hurihanganui from Rotorua Boys’ High School, the top prize at the Race Unity Speech finals in Auckland on 10 April.


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Congratulations

Valmaine Toki

Valmaine Toki

Valmaine Toki has been selected as a member of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for 2011-2013.


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Working Relationships

The Commission has added another brief case study on Crown Tangata Whenua relationships to its website this month.


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Public discussion about Māori representation in local government has been re-ignited by the government decision not to adopt the recommendation of the Royal Commission on Auckland Governance for dedicated Māori seats on the new Auckland Council.


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Foreshore and Seabed

The Human Rights Commission has written to the Attorney General in response to the Government’s options paper about the Foreshore and Seabed.


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O Le Gagana Samoa Meets Reo Māori

In celebration of Samoan Language Week, the Human Rights Commission is hosting a forum in Wellington on the preservation of the Samoan and Māori languages in New Zealand.


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The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Government’s support for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, announced by Māori Affairs Minister Pita Sharples at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York this week.


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The Māori Language Commission and the Association of Samoan Teachers will join forces to promote both Samoan Language Week and Māori Language Week this year. Samoan Language Week starts on 30 May and Māori Language Week on 26 July.


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Race Relations Day on 21 March was marked at Orakei Marae with a dinner hosted by Maori Affairs Minister and former Race Relations Office Executive Officer Hon Pita Sharples. Race Relations Day marks the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.


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In each Whitiwhiti Korero we want to look at an article of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and see what it means for Aotearoa, New Zealand.

In this issue we will look at article 14 and the right to education and its alignment with the Treaty.


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The Human Rights Commission has just released a set of six A3 posters with the theme ‘Discrimination is not OK’.


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Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi

The past year has seen largely positive progress on Treaty of Waitangi issues according to an annual review by the Human Rights Commission.

Race Relations Commissioner Joris de Bres says that the previous year’s momentum in the Treaty settlement process had continued, with a number of significant hearings and reports by the Waitangi Tribunal, and a range of terms of negotiation, deeds of settlement, and settlement legislation in Parliament.

“A welcome development was government consultation with claimants on how to advance the settlement process.”
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Status of human rights and the Treaty

Te Mana i Waitangi

Te Mana i Waitangi

The Human Rights Commission has proposed seven priorities to improve the human rights of Māori in accordance with international law and the Treaty of Waitangi.

In a discussion paper for the next New Zealand Action Plan for Human Rights, the Commission calls for constitutional arrangements to be examined, past grievances to be settled promptly and fairly, and new pathways to partnership and new forums for consultation between the Crown and Tangata Whenua to be developed.

It also identifies the need to promote public awareness of the Treaty and to build relationships between Māori and non-Māori New Zealanders at the community level.
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The Treaty Debates Series 2010 – Te Papa

Join Dr Claudia Orange, Te Papa’s Collections and Research Group Director and leading Treaty of Waitangi scholar, as she chairs the 2010 Treaty Debates. They will take place in Soundings Theatre, Level 2, on 28 January and 4 February from 6.30pm. The debates will be recorded by Radio New Zealand, so latecomers will not be admitted to the theatre.
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Regional Foreshore and Seabed hui

A national hui held in Rotorua this month starts a series of regional hui aimed at an iwi-driven rewrite of the Foreshore and Seabed Act. Called by the Iwi Leaders’ Forum, which includes major coastal iwi such as Ngai Tahu, Kahungunu and Ngapuhi, these hui will give Māori an opportunity to discuss issues that need to be addressed in the new legislation.
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Review of human rights in New Zealand

The outcomes of the Human Rights Council of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of New Zealand’s human rights review were adopted at the 12th session, 24 September. The New Zealand Government responded positively to many of the 64 recommendations made by member countries, though there were qualifications in some cases.


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Many of the recommendations New Zealand received during the review were related to earlier recommendations made by the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in 2007. During this review the Government, Commission and NGOs made submissions for consideration.


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New Zealand Human Rights Action Plan

The Commission is currently updating information to help inform the early planning stages for the development of the next Human Rights Action Plan.
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Meetings will be held in Wellington, Auckland and Christchurch this month to discuss the outcome of the United Nations Human Rights Council “universal periodic review” (UPR) of New Zealand’s human rights performance.
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Te Ūnga Mai Festival commemorates the first formal meeting between Māori and Pakeha in 1769, and celebrates the voyaging traditions of Aotearoa.
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Recognition of Positive Contributions

The Human Rights Commission this month acknowledged the positive contribution of Erica Jones from Gisborne Girls High School for her role in the DVD Erica’s Journey, Toku Reo, Toku Ohooho, and the children from Te Korowai Whakamana class at Otaki School for championing te reo.
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He Huia Kaimanawa: Māori Language Expo

The inaugural Māori Language Expo/He Huia Kaimanawa will be held at Te Rauparaha Arena, Porirua, on October 15 and 16 2009.
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United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logo

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues logo

Commissioner Karen Johansen represented the Commission at the 8th Session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York in May this year. The session was attended by over a thousand including representatives from UN agencies, government observers and women and men representing indigenous communities from every region of the world.
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‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’

The Commission welcomed the opportunity to comment on the New Zealand Geographic Board’s (NZGB) proposal to change the spelling of ‘Wanganui’ to ‘Whanganui’. In its submission, the Commission recognised and acknowledged the diversity of views on the name of the city and the local history that informs them. It considered a range of options to resolve this issue and supports the NZGB’s proposal of a name change.
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Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi

Karen Johansen, Commissioner

Karen Johansen, Commissioner

The Commission hosted a workshop at the recent Diversity Forum looking into the human rights dimensions of the Treaty of Waitangi, the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Crown Tangata Whenua relationships.
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Treaty-based Constitutional Framework

The concept of a Treaty-based Constitutional Framework for a Multicultural Society was explored at a workshop hosted by the NZ Federation of Ethnic Councils at the Diversity Forum in August.
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Māori Language Week

Maori Language Week 2009 This year’s Māori Language Week was a huge success with te reo being celebrated throughout Aotearoa. Once again the Human Rights Commission partnered with Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Maori and Te Puni Kokiri to promote the week.
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Greetings

Richard Tankersley, Commissioner

Richard Tankersley, Commissioner

Tihei mauri ora! He mihi nui tenei ki a koutou ki ruka i a ratou ma ka aitua maha kua wehe ki tua o te arai, i te tau kua pahure, no reira, ratou ki a ratou, ka moe. Tena tatou katoa te hunga ora o tenei Ao Marama, e pa ana ki tenei ra o Te Matariki, ara, te Tau Hou mo Aotearoa me Te Moana-Nui-a-Kiwa.
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27 July – 2 August 2009

Maori Language Week logoFirst celebrated in 1975, Māori Language Week gives New Zealanders the chance to speak or show support to speakers of te reo Māori. Māori Language Week is the ideal time to promote the use of te reo in everyday situations, to ensure the language prospers and grows. This year’s theme is Te Reo i te Hapori – Māori Language in the Community.
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New Zealand Diversity Action Programme logo

New Zealand Diversity Action Programme logo

The New Zealand Diversity Forum celebrates its fifth year in Wellington next month, with over 30 organisations hosting forums and events promoting cultural diversity and positive race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand. The Commission’s partners in this project include the New Zealand National Commission for UNESCO, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand, the Wellington City Council, the Settling In Programme and New Zealand Diversity Action Programme participants.
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The Commission has a number of key resources which have been translated into te reo Māori. These include printed and electronic material. Visit our website to find out what is currently available.
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The Commission completed an informal survey of 123 central and local government websites in the lead-up to Māori Language Week. The survey found that many of the websites did little to advance the goal of extending the use of the Māori language in Aotearoa New Zealand.
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Crown – Tāngata Whenua engagement

Last year’s case studies on the Commission’s website have been updated and they are now joined by another seven. The stories show a variety of relationships between iwi/hapū and central and local government agencies. Topics include education, resource management, cultural information, regional and agency cooperation and bioprospecting. All the stories demonstrate how much more progress can be made when the parties work together, acknowledging the past and respecting the gifts that each one brings.
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The Human Rights Commission has called for a doubling to 12 weeks of the public submission period on further elements of the Super City legislation.
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As part of its nationwide consultation programme, the Foreshore and Seabed Act Ministerial review panel made up of Hon Justice Taihakurei Eddie Durie (Chair), Professor Richard Boast and Hana O’Regan invited a number of national groups to make presentations to the panel.


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Justice Minister Simon Power presented a report on New Zealand’s human rights performance to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May.


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