Pacific Caucus at the UN calls on Indigenous Peoples Forum to support Super City Maori seats

The Pacific Caucus at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues called on the Forum to support Maori aspirations over the proposed Auckland super-city.

On behalf of the caucus Catherine Davis of Te Rarawa said

” The Pacific Caucus asks the Permanent Forum to invite the New Zealand Government to implement the recommendation of the Crown-appointed Royal Commission, that Maori receive three of the 23 local body seats on the Auckland ‘Super-City’ Council, this being consistent with Government’s Treaty of Waitangi obligations to protect Māori rights and interests, and Articles 5, 18 and 19 of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples”

The Pacific caucus is made of Indigenous delegations from as far as Hawaii, Aboriginal Australia and the wider pacific.

In addition to the super city issue Professor Margaret Mutu from Ngāti Kahu said “As Treaty ‘partners’ in good faith negotiations, [Te Rarawa and Ngati Kahu] were finding it difficult to reconcile Government statements of fairness and justice with its continued opposition to the Declaration; and the denial of Māori Treaty rights, including rights to self determination, to ancestral lands, waters, their foreshore and seabed and other natural resources, and their right to compensation and reparation for the overwhelming spiritual, social and economic deprivation they continue to suffer.”

for the full statement see:

for more contact in New York
Catherine Davis
Professor Margaret Mutu 64212419650


One response to this post.

  1. Posted by idepehacipt on August 14, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    This look interesting,so far.
    If there’s anyone else here, let me know.
    Oh, and yes I’m a real person LOL.



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