Conversations About Indigenous Rights

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People in Aotearoa New Zealand

Edited by Selwyn Katene and Rawiri Taonui

A sharp assessment of how New Zealand is meeting its obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples, ten years on from its signing

The UN declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples is a deeply significant document. In 2007, then UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon described its signing as an historic moment when UN Member States and indigenous peoples reconciled with their painful histories and resolved to move forward together on the path of human rights, justice and development for all.

This book reflects on the tenth anniversary of the UN General Assembly’s adoption of the Declaration and examines its relevance in New Zealand. It shows the strong alignment between the Treaty of Waitangi and the Declaration, and examines how the Declaration assists the interpretation and application of Treaty principles of partnership, protection and participation. Starting from a range of viewpoints and disciplines, the authors agree that in Aotearoa New Zealand the journey to full implementation is now well underway, but warn that greater political leadership, willpower, resources and a stronger government commitment is needed.

Drawing on both scholarship and lived experience, Conversations About Indigenous Rights features chapters by Moana Jackson, Dame Naida Glavish, Sir Pita Sharples, Rawiri Taonui, Selwyn Katene, Sheryl Lightfoot, Steve Larkin, Anaru Erueti, Jessica Ngatai, Fleur Te Aho, Tracey Whare, Pushpa Wood and Jason Mika.

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‘This collection is a timely and enlightening addition to the growing body of literature about the Declaration. ... Every author accentuates the positive potential of the Declaration, despite its imperfections. Each chapter demonstrates the deep significance of the document. In the wake of the fraught processes of drafting and achieving both UN and domestic support for the Declaration, this collection provides hope in the form of a new generation seeking to unlock the potential of the Declaration.’ — Linda Te Aho, Journal of New Zealand Studies
  • CATEGORY: Contemporary issues, Ebooks, Te ao Māori
  • ISBN: 9780995102910
  • ESBN: 9780995109551
  • PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
  • IMPRINT: Massey University Press
  • PUBLISHED: 09/07/2018
  • PAGE EXTENT: 232
  • FORMAT: Soft cover
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Selwyn Katene (Ngāti Toa, Ngā Ruahine, Ngāti Tama and Ngāti Tuwharetoa) was Professor of Māori and Indigenous Leadership and Director of the Global Centre of Indigenous Leadership at Massey University.

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Dr Rawiri Taonui (Te Hikutū and Ngāti Korokoro, Te Kapotai and Ngāti Paeahi, Ngāti Rora, Ngāti Whēru, Ngāti Te Taonui) is an independent writer, researcher and advisor.