Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) Policy
New Conservative recognises and honours that the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) is an agreement signed in 1840 between Māori and the Crown, affirming that New Zealand shall have one sovereign government, which shall protect property rights, and that all New Zealanders shall have the same rights, privileges, and responsibilities as British subjects including the right to stand for election to government.
We will address current legislation and policy so that the capability and potential for those with Māori whakapapa is respected and policy no longer infers a lack of capability in that collective identity. Social, commercial, education, and health policy will be delivered in a way that honours the treaty.
Improvements that should be made will:
- repeal race-based co-governance arrangements that have been built into legislation, recognising that New Zealand has one sovereign government and democratic process which includes the involvement of citizens of any ethnicity.
- review Māori electorates as they will no longer be required with the removal of the MMP threshold, which will provide greater opportunity for minor party and special interest representation.
- wind up the Waitangi Tribunal when the final historic settlements are completed and its initial purpose of settling injustices is achieved.
- remove reference to “the principles” of the Treaty of Waitangi from legislation. Any reference to the Treaty should be to the actual Treaty which has no mention of principles.
- review public funding to ensure that funding is based on need not ethnicity, and that there is consistent transparent accountability for public funding.
- protect and fund the teaching of Te Reo Māori, tikanga, and culture making it readily available to those who wish to study it.
- focus on delivering a future that provides opportunity to succeed, protection from harm, and recourse for any breaches to individual human rights.
Thirty years of expanding welfare delivery by successive governments has undermined our families/whānau and has created an underclass which has marginalised some of our most in need.
New Conservative is committed to Māori being treated as competent and positively contributing citizens.