New Zealand constitutional changes

This page collects various information relating to the constitutional changes emerging in New Zealand’s political scene. If you can suggest other material to share to enable informed debate, please let us know.
United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

An international instrument adopted by the United Nations in 2007, endorsed by New Zealand in 2010.

He Puapua (short) He Puapua (full)

This is the report published in 2019 of a working group on the implementation of UNDRIP in New Zealand. It was first made available in a shortened form, and released in full in following a OIA request.

Ensuring Indigenous Rights New Zealand and UNDRIP

A paper from academics studying at Loyola Marymount University and Loyola Law School.

The UN Declaration On Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

A jurisprudential analysis of UNDRIP by Pro Solomon Salako.

Use of tangata and mana whenua

An academic analyses the use of the phrases ‘tangata whenua‘ and ‘mana whenua‘.

The Rights of Indigenous Peoples (English) The Rights of Indigenous Peoples (Te Reo Māori)

Sub-titled ‘What you need to know’, published by NZ Human Rights. On the second spread can be found the invention of an ‘Article Four’ in the Treaty of Waitangi. Note the te reo version refers to ‘wāhanga 4’ (section or clause) whereas ordinals are used in Te Tiriti is ‘tua’ so it would be ‘tuawhā’ – fourth – (but of course it stops at ‘tuatoru’).

Māori, the Treaty and the Constitution

Link to a paper by Sir Geoffrey Palmer QC delivered to the symposium on the Treaty of Waitangi and the constitution 2013.

The Treaty of Waitangi should play more than a role in our constitution

Link to a paper by Julia Whaipooti delivered to the symposium on the Treaty of Waitangi and the constitution 2013.

Ministry of Māori Development Te Puni Kōkiri UNDRIP page
Submission to Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Articles on He Puapua

Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (This is a good place to start, thanks to its coverage of the original objections to UNDRIP.)

Will Labour stand behind the revolutionary proposals contained in He Puapua

Plan underway to implement UNDRIP


ARTICLES OF INTEREST

Iwi haven’t given enough back to their people, says Māori Economic Development Minister

Partnerships
(Legal aspects of ‘partnership’ in context of Treaty of Waitangi.)

He Puapua – the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
(The He Puapua document clearly contravenes UNDRIP…)

Ardern in the gun over He Puapua
(A covert 20-year plan to establish Maori sovereignty is political dynamite …)

The environment – who owns it?
(… the co-governance and complete reform of the conservation system in New Zealand…)


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