Hon Willie JacksonTe Minita Whanaketanga Māori
Minister for Māori Development
Minister for Māori Development Willie Jackson has today meet with more than 30 national Māori organisations in an online
hui, kicking off the process to develop a plan for New Zealand to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights
of Indigenous Peoples (the Declaration).
The previous National Government signed the Declaration and committed New Zealand to developing an action plan to
“The engagement until February 2022, is with whānau, iwi, hapū and significant Māori organisations, and will then be
followed by a wider public consultation with New Zealanders on a draft Declaration plan next year,” Willie Jackson said.
Te Puni Kōkiri, the National Iwi Chairs Forum and the Human Rights Commission worked together on an engagement strategy
that aims to ensure as many Māori voices as possible get to share their views on what should be included in a
Willie Jackson said because of COVID-19 they have had to adapt the engagement to running through online workshops.
“It’s important we have these conversations with Māori as our indigenous people first, and this is what we did with
Māori organisations today. It is innovative and pragmatic for these to be online. We don’t want to put our communities
at risk and online engagement is the next best thing,” Willie Jackson said.
“Unfortunately, COVID-19 is intensifying the inequity issues Māori already face in areas such as health, housing,
justice and education, so it is timely to be undertaking this week.
“Setting a roadmap for how New Zealand is improving outcomes for Māori is a way to deliver tangible results that we can
”This work builds on the previous National Governments decision to sign the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of
Indigenous Peoples and will enhance our partnership with Māori. New Zealand is one of 148 countries that support the
“Making a plan that all New Zealanders are proud of will take careful consideration and time. The kōrero we have had
today is an important first step,” Willie Jackson said.
The report He Puapua, developed by an independent working group, will be considered amongst a range of other resources
as part of the engagement process. He Puapua reflects the working group’s views and is not government policy, nor will
it form the basis of the plan.
You can read more about the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the Te Puni Kōkiri website.