UNDRIP and the Treaty

The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007. It provides a set of international human rights standards that apply to the Treaty of Waitangi. The Treaty affirmed the rights Tangata Whenua had prior to 1840, and gave Tauiwi and the Crown a set of rights and responsibilities that enabled them to settle in Aotearoa; “the promise of two peoples to take the best possible care of each other.”

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples Resource 

In 2016 the Commission produced, 'The Rights of Indigenous Peoples: What you need to know', a guide 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.

UNDRIP Video Series

The purpose of this 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.” The original Declaration text has been adapted to suit this purpose.

These videos feature iwi leaders reciting articles from the UNDRIP, and we have versions in both Te Reo and English. The Te Reo version is introduced by Peter Jackson, Taranaki/Te Atiawa, and the English version is introduced by Commissioner Karen Johansen, Rongowhakaata, Ngai Tamanuhiri and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki.

Click here to download the video text in both Te Reo and English.