November 25, 2022
Māori academics compare notes on constitution change
The organiser of Constitutional Korero 2022 says constitutional change for Māori won’t happen overnight.
The hui at the University of Auckland’s Waipapa Marae this week brought together indigenous lawyers and academics from Aotearoa, the Pacific, North America, Australia, Asia, Latin America, Greenland, Scandinavia and Africa.
Auckland associate law professor Claire Charters says she’d like to see a formal constitution based on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, but it may take some time to get the support of the rest of Aotearoa.
“We’re getting there, particularly I work a lot with youth, with rangatahi, I think we’re getting there but that’s going to take a bit more time,” she says.
Ms Charters says it was valuable to compare the Maori experience with indigenous experiences from around the world.
Maori speakers at the conference included Ngai Tahu’s Te Maire Tau, lawyer Annette Sykes, Supreme Court Justice Sir Joe Williams and Ngat=I Kahu Runanga chair Makere Mutu.