Indigenous rights

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The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What you need to know 

Read 'The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What you need to know', is a guideline produced by the Human Rights Commission that covers the indigenous rights and the UNDRIP.

A Te Reo version of the guide is available here, while an Accessible version can be viewed here.

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

  • The International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples: is observed on August 9 each year to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population.
  • The UN Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples: In 1994 the UN General Assembly launched the first International Decade of the World’s Indigenous Peoples in an effort to increase the UN’s commitment to promoting and protecting the rights of indigenous peoples worldwide.
  • UNDRIP and the Treaty: a resource to raise awareness of the human rights standards associated with the Treaty based on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The Treaty of Waitangi

Business, Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

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Reducing offending and victimisation among Maori

  • The New Zealand Police have released a review of Police and Maori relationships with specific focus on how the two groups could work together to reduce offending and victimisation among Maori. Read it here. 


The Commission's August 2015 Podcast covered what it means to be indigenous. Host Sally discussed the topic with Human Rights Commissioner Karen Johansen, Garrick Cooper, senior lecturer at the School of Māori and Indigenous Studies, Sacha McMeeking, Head of School for Aotahi Māori and Indigenous Studies, University of Canterbury, and Network Waitangi Otautahi's Katherine Peet. You can listen to it here.

Maori in Christchurch
The May 2015 episode of the Commission's Podcast saw host Sally speak with Ako Māori founder Regan Stokes about the experiences of and issues faced by, Māori in Christchurch. You can listen to it here.

Perfecting the Partnership
The topic of the Commission's February 2016 Podcast was “Perfecting the partnership – Kia tika kia pono kia pūmau (Te Tiriti in 2016)” it featured the Human Rights Commission's Perēri Hathaway as well as Arapata Hakiwai (Kaihautū at Te Papa) and Karirā Allen (Lecturer at University of Canterbury). You can listen to it here.