February 27, 2020
Pens out for Trans-Tasman indigenous pact
New Zealand and Australia have agreed to deepen the Trans-Tasman working relationship on indigenous issues.
The agreement to be signed at the Kirribilli residence of the Australian Governor-General today by Māori Development and Associate Trade Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Ken Wyatt, the Minister for Indigenous Australians, is believed to be the first standalone bilateral arrangement of its kind in the world.
Ms Mahuta says indigenous to indigenous relationships on matters of culture, trade and innovation are a vital part of protecting indigenous interests globally.
The signing is happening during the annual leaders’ meetng between Prime Ministers Jacinda Ardern and Scott Morrison.
Federation of Māori Authorities chair Traci Houpapa says the partnership signals a new era in relations between the two countries.
She says it needs to come with robust strategies to promote the economic, environmental, social and cultural advancement of the indigenous people of the Trans-Tasman partners.
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