July 02, 2021
UNDRIP response to get urban Maori lens
Tāmaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare says he’s keen to hear an urban Māori view of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson yesterday thanked members of the independent advisory group which wrote the He Puapua report setting out possible steps to implement the declaration, and opened up the debate to the Māori world, with more general consultation to happen next year.
Mr Henare says it’s good the issue is now being put out to the public, after months of inaccurate attacks from the Opposition.
"I want us all as a nation to have a mature conversation about what our future looks like and what is the role of tangata whenua and how we lift prospects for all of us and hopefully that will bear out in the consultation. I would be keen to see the view of Tāmaki Makaurau and what it means for them in those urban settings where many of our people find themselves at the wrong end of the statistics," he says.
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