Cheryl Axleby reads the Uluru Statement from the Heart outside South Australia’s Parliament in Adelaide on March 26, after SA becomes the first state to legislate for an Indigenous Voice.
We need a richer account of democracy within which to locate the Voice, to lift the quality of public debate about it.
Fragment of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840.
Far from expanding its jurisdiction or having a veto over parliament, the powers of New Zealand’s Waitangi Tribunal have been steadily reduced in recent decades.
Plant breeders must now engage with kaitiaki if special relationships with a plant have been asserted. But Māori have no say on the introduction of exotic plants that could become invasive.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.