The Independent Maori Constitutional Working Group consists of iwi leaders who represent the needs of Maori. It works independently of the Constitutional Review proposed by the Crown and attempts to promote widespread discussion among all Maori. ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi’ is the baseline or founding document for the review. The working group is holding Information Hui throughout the Kahungunu rohe. Come along and find out more.
- Monday 23rd April 6-7:30pm Wairoa Taiwhenua 46 Marine Parade, WAIROA
- Tuesday 24th April 6-7:30pm Tamatea Taiwhenua Kitchener St, WAIPUKURAU
- Wednesday 2nd May 3-5:00pm Kahungunu ki Wairarapa 4 Park Ave, MASTERTON
- HUI A IWI Thursday 31 May 6:00pm Heretaunga Taiwhenua 718 Orchard Rd, HASTINGS
A BRIEF CONSTITUTIONAL FACT SHEET –
Every day Parliament passes laws that impact on Maori people.
Maori never have any effective say over what those laws might be.
There have been Maori MP’s of course, and now there is “consultation,” but in nearly every case our people’s views are ignored.
For example during the recent consultation on Section 9 of the SOE Act Maori people opposed the selling of State Assets but the government is going ahead with its policy.
The asset sales example is part of a history from the New Zealand Settlements Act of 1863 which confiscated thousands of acres of whenua to the Foreshore and Seabed Act which was passed in spite of the largest hikoi the country has ever seen.
The passing of all these laws is part of a constitutional process.
Ever since 1840 Maori people have argued that a process which operates in this way is contrary to Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
In fact Maori people have always argued for constitutional change so that the country is governed in a way that gives Iwi and Hapu have a more effective say.
Kotahitanga and the Kingitanga.
Although the Crown has never recognised the constitutional role of such attempts
Maori people have continued to seek change because we did not sign Te Tiriti to be powerless in our own land.
For example in 1995-6 Sir Hepi Te Heuheu hosted three national hui to look again at matters of constitutional change.
At another National Hui in 2009 the challenge was taken up again and a Working Group on Constitutional Transformation was set up to be co-chaired by Moana Jackson (Ngati Kahungunu) and Margaret Mutu (Ngati Kahu).
Members of the Group will be travelling the country throughout 2012 to ask people about how they would like to see the country governed in a different way.
The hui will be publicised in each region. You are welcome to come and have your say.
If you would like more information please go to the Group’s Facebook Page: The Independent Constitutional Working Group – Aotearoa Matike Mai or the web page: http://www.converge.org.nz/pma/iwi.htm
If you would like particular information or to meet with members of the Working Group please contact the Project Manager at Catherinedavis@hotmail.co.nz
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Primer No. 1