The struggle to establish Māori wards centres on the rights and privileges of citizenship promised in the Treaty of Waitangi.
In a major essay, senior Australian political correspondent Laura Tingle suggests her country could still learn from the New Zealand 'experiment'.
New Zealanders have, in principle, access to free healthcare. But inequality is a major issue, affecting Māori and Pasifika communities and New Zealanders living with disabilities or in poverty.
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The impact of colonialism can't be reversed, but as New Zealand implements the UN declaration new ideas emerge of a state that represents first peoples more fairly.
A major review of New Zealand's health system points to systemic racism as a reason for disparities in health outcomes for Māori. But it was split on the role a proposed new Māori agency should play.
Māori knowledge, memory and cultural strength will only enhance New Zealand's economic recovery planning – if they are listened to.
New Zealand's commemorations of James Cook's arrival 250 years ago were least about the British explorer himself, but instead focused on Polynesian voyaging heritage and encounters with Māori.
The land occupation at Ihumātao brings together Māori and heritage activists seeking to stop a housing development on a site that marks the earliest human occupation of New Zealand.
The land occupation at Ihumātao, near Auckland's airport, is reviving forms of protest common in the 1970s, now enhanced by new media and led by a new generation of Māorikeen to see grievances addressed.
The Treaty of Waitangi obliges the state to ensure that public policy is as effective for Māori as it is for everybody else.
A report on primary health care found New Zealand fails to deliver good outcomes for Māori because the state does not stand aside to allow Māori to take charge of their own affairs.
Supporters of the campaign to stop commercial development at Ihumaatao.
New Zealand is the last major landmass to be settled. One of the sites of earliest occupation is under threat from development, despite its cultural significance for Māori.
Participants noted that Māori and Pasifika research was considered less rigorous.
Māori and Pasifika leaders' experience of racism in government advisory groups suggests ongoing inequities in New Zealand health policy.
The Treaty of Waitangi promised Māori British subjecthood.
Much of the debate about the Treaty of Waitangi has focused on sovereignty and self-determination, but the issue of citizenship needs more attention.
February 6 marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s foundation document.
The Treaty of Waitangi provides New Zealand with a convention for working through issues with a commitment to cultural diversity.
On February 6, 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs acting on behalf of their tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi.
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The Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, is New Zealand's foundation document. But debate continues about the exact meaning of the treaty text.
A traditional haka held during the week-long coronation ceremony for the Māori king.
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The movement to establish a Māori monarch emerged following colonisation to protect land ownership and to bring otherwise independent tribal communities together.
The New Zealand government’s decision to close charter schools has prompted criticism from Māori leaders because some of the schools have predominantly Māori rolls.
The New Zealand government's move to close charter schools as part of its education reform has prompted strong Māori criticism.
Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than NZ$42.6 billion, made up mostly of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Māori business is booming thanks to entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and a willingness to take risks.
Despite the Treaty of Waitangi, acts by both the British Crown and successive New Zealand governments have had detrimental effects on the Māori population.
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Reconciliation efforts were established in New Zealand 30 years ago to tackle grievances stemming from government initiatives that have seen Māori lose both resources and power.