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WAI-262 Public Seminar

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WAI-262 Public Seminar

MBUS 401 Students cordially invite you to attend a public seminar on the findings for the WAI-262 Claim.

Wednesday 14 September 2011, 5:30pm8:30pm
Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus,
Victoria University

You have heard the politicians opinion of the report. Now it is time to hear from the people themselves. Practitioners have been invited to give their opinion on various chapters within the report.

The WAI-262 Claim on indigenous flora and fauna and Maori cultural and intellectual property rights was lodged 20 years ago, and the Waitangi Tribunal hearings were completed in 2007. The Waitangi Tribunal has just released their comprehensive report on WAI-262 titled Ko Aotearoa T?nei but what did the Tribunal say and are their recommendations going to resolve the issues?

Did the Tribunal get it right?

With a view to the future, this seminar provides an opportunity for expert speakers and participants to engage in a discussion on the many challenges and opportunities WAI-262 presents for matauranga Maori, resource management, and other legal, political, cultural and economic issues.

Maori business senior lecturer Aroha Mead will introduce the report, giving a brief overview.

Ta moko expert Mark Kopua and publisher Ata Te Kawana will speak on Chapter One: Intellectual Property and Taonga Works. The Tribunal uses the term Taonga Works to refer to artistic and cultural works that are significant to Maori culture or identity. This includes haka, ta moko, m?teatea, korowai, whakairo, or any other artistic or cultural work.

George Asher (CEO Lake Taupo Forest Trust) will speak on Chapter Three: Relationship with the Environment. This chapter focuses on kaitiaki relationships with the environment, and how these are managed under New Zealands resource management laws.

Relationships with the environment are fundamental to the Maori culture. Every iwi and hap? sees itself as related through whakapapa to the landforms, waterways, flora, fauna and other parts of the environment within their tribal areas. These parts of the environment are taonga, for which iwi and hap? are obliged to act as kaitiaki. They have inherited knowledge relating to these taonga, explaining their whakapapa relationship and their kaitiaki obligations. This kaitiaki obligation is a form of law, controlling the relationships between people and the environment. Kaitiaki relationships are also important sources of iwi and hap? identity.

Te Whe Phillips (Te R?nanga o Ngai Tahu) will speak on Chapter Six: When the Crown Controls Matauranga Maori. This chapter relates to Crown agencies that have core responsibilities for New Zealands (including Maori) culture, heritage, education, and science.

Matauranga Maori is Maori knowledge.

This includes Maori language, science and technology, laws, history, systems of property and value exchange, and rituals and ceremonies. It also includes forms of expression such as art forms like weaving, carving, ta moko, haka, whaik?rero, and so on. But, more fundamentally, it incorporates core Maori cultural values. Of these, the defining principle of matauranga Maori is whanaungatanga, or kinship the philosophy that explains the intimate relationships between iwi and hap? and the natural world. Another core value is that of kaitiakitanga, or cultural guardianship the system of law through which iwi and hap? are obliged to nurture and care for taonga (treasured things).

Moana Jackson will speak on Chapter Eight: The Making of International Instruments. This chapter relates to the processes by which the Crown engages with Maori when it is developing New Zealands position on international instruments (such as treaties and declarations) that affect Maori culture, identity and traditional knowledge.

International instruments are arrangements between sovereign states, including agreements, treaties, conventions, declarations, and so on. Some are legally binding, while others such as United Nations declarations are non-binding but still have political or moral force.

Carwyn Jones will conclude our speakers with a summary of some of the issues raised.

There will be time at the end for the audience to ask questions.



2 thoughts on “WAI-262 Public Seminar

  1. Kia Ora,
    This sounds like it would’ve been a fantastic seminar to attend. As a Waikato Uni student who is currently doing a research paper on the effectiveness of the Wai-262 recommendations if implemented, this seminar would have been a great opportunity to gain a range insightful opinions about the report. Unfortunately the travel distance between Hamilton and Wellington was too far! Does anyone know whether there was a recording or transcript of the seminar that would be available to view?

  2. We as the maori people of aotearoa have the rights to practice our traditions and customs so it is customary for us to look after what we have been given. So if we are not given the right to do these things then there is a great injustice committed by all the parties that are against the proposals that are put forward by nga iwi maori o Aotearoa,nga hapu,nga tangata maori katoa

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