October, 2011
ISSN 1179-3007
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Kia ora mai koutou katoa and welcome to this issue of Whitiwhiti Kōrero - a newsletter keeping you informed about what's happening in the Human Rights Commission's Te Mana i Waitangi Project.

The Human Rights Commission promotes the Treaty of Waitangi as:

  • The "promise of two peoples to take the best possible care of each other" (quote from Bishop Manu Bennett)
  • It belongs to all of us.
  • It is the founding document of our nation.

This newsletter aims to bring to life these messages through stories, information and discussion.

Whitiwhiti Korero is available in both English and Te Reo. For copies, email treaty@hrc.co.nz or visit our webpage at www.hrc.co.nz/treaty

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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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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Finalists for 2011 Māori Language Awards announced

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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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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United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

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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For more information about ‘Whitiwhiti Korero’, please contact Ada Tangiora at treaty@hrc.co.nz, 04-473 9981, or 0800 378 254.

Information about the Te Mana I Waitangi is available at www.hrc.co.nz/treaty.

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