Iwi strengthen bond with United Nations

E tutataki atu tetahi tira haere ki etahi o nga mangai o Te Kahui o Nga Iwi o Te Ao, na runga hoki i te wawata, ka whakaae mai Te Kahui o Nga Iwi kia riro mai i a ratou tetahi taonga e tohu ana i te whakamanatanga o nga iwi Maori ki te Kawenata o Nga Motika o Nga Iwi Taketake o Te Ao.

E rere atu ana te tira haere o Maori Tu ki New York me te tūmanako, ka whakaae Te Kotahitanga o nga Whenua o te Ao kia riro mai i a ratou tetahi Whatarangi kua taraia ki te parāhe.

"The idea of it is to create a conversation in around the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples through the gifting of this to show iwi Maori support for it," hei tā te kaiwhakahaerea o Te Puia NZ Māori Arts and Crafts, a Karl Johnstone.

Ma roto mai i te Kahui o Nga Rangatira ā-Iwi, i whakamanahia te kaupapa o Maori Tu e nga iwi 68. Ko tona kaupapa matua, he whakamana i te Kawenata mo nga mana o nga iwi taketake, he whai hononga motuhake hoki i waenganui i te iwi Maori me Te Kotahitanga o nga Whenua o te Ao.

"This initial delegation is going to engage in the conversation in and around the gift of deed policy. So whether or not the UN will actually accept the gift," hei tā Johnstone.

I te tau rua mano tekau, i tautoko okawa te Kawanatanga o Aotearoa i te Kawenata nei ki te whakamana anō i te aro o Aotearoa ki ngā mana iwi taketake. Ka mutu, e hiahia ana hoki te kaupapa o Maori Tu ki te whakatu i tetahi whatarangi ki te Whare Paremata.

"Well this kaupapa is about the Maori Nations. The UN is obviously a State Based organization, but there is a conversation when you have kaitiaki like the UN presiding over Declarations like the Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous People to have direct conversations with iwi Maori. These are our rights that that declaration protects and it's only right that we have those conversations directly," hei tā Johnstone.

Ahakoa horekau ke te Kawenata UNDRIP e whai niho ana a ture nei ki konei, ko tona aronga matua, he whakarārangi i nga mana mo nga iwi taketake e taea ai e ratou te whai rangatiratanga ki te whakakaha i a ratou ano hei painga ma ratou.

"And those minimum standards have been supported and ratified by the NZ Government and the next step for us is for iwi Maori to give our support for UNDRIP in order to start to consider how those articles can be considered back here as we legislate," hei tā Johnstone.

Kotahi wiki te roa o te tira haere nei ki New York.