May 9, 2021

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Working group looks at how a constitution might be based on Te Tiriti

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Following the Crowns announcement today, Chair of the Independent Maori Constitutional Working Group Moana Jackson encourages Maori to note the distinction between the two reviews being conducted.

The Independent Working Group is convened by Professor Margaret Mutu (Ngati Kahu) and its Chairperson is Moana Jackson (Ngati Kahungunu/Ngati Porou). Members of the Working Group have been nominated by Iwi and also include members co-opted for their expertise or to represent particular interests such as Urban Maori Authorities.

It works quite independently of the Constitutional Review proposed by the Crown and will attempt to initially promote widespread discussion among all Maori over the next twelve months followed by wider community sector discussion says Mr Jackson.

[sws_pullquote_right]The issue is not how the Treaty might fit into a constitution but how a constitution might be based upon the Treaty, says Mr Jackson. [/sws_pullquote_right] Constitutional issues have always been on the Maori agenda. At a meeting of Iwi Leaders at Hopu Hopu in 2009 the matter was discussed further and a decision was made early last year to convene an Independent Working Group on the matter.

Unlike the Crown review, the independent one has as the baseline for its work the ideas that if Te Tiriti is the founding document, as so many say it is, then we will need to consider what sort of constitution might be founded upon it.

3 thoughts on “Working group looks at how a constitution might be based on Te Tiriti

  1. The Maori Constitution is based on Maori Resolve Rangatiratanga in areas of Te Reo, Tikanga, Kai, Hauora Haukainga(hanga whare) and mahi thereby ensuring recognition in Te Tiriti.
    These combined assurances known as Te Kotahitanga resolve for the benefit of all. Where this resolution by Maori and the NZ govt combine efforts to through mutual agreement and representation.
    Where resolve is lacking in the NZ govt The constitution will contribute their part to fulfilment of those areas lacking for Maori.

  2. Re:The issue is not how the Treaty might fit into a constitution but how a constitution might be based upon the Treaty, says Mr Jackson.

    Kia Ora, the distinction is necessary otherwise too much time will be spent in trying to justify retention of the treaty of waitangi to those trying to chuck it out.

    I made comments to MP Shane Jones on Facebook the other day, as I see the need for a reeducation of the New Zealand public of the true history of Aotearoa from the declaration of independence till the treaty of waitangi;the New Zealand land wars and the ensuing treaty settlements. Also reviewing our place in Aotearoa today, including the contribution of Maori Economic Development in 2011. I believe Maori Television to be the best way to achieve this, perhaps a repeat screening of Michael Kings “The New Zealand Land Wars” and other excellent presentations of the true history of Aotearoa.

    Sincerely
    Ian Mete

    Otherwise a them and us vacuum will be created, providing political gamesmanship and filibustering by the likes of Don Brash, the racist Act party and their redneck supporters, who will do their best to undermine the constitutional Review process.
    Otherwise

  3. this is very tricky i think the goverment will water down the treaty this is there chance to get rid of it

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