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The 2014 publication of the Issues of Significance updates and combines two powerful documents developed by the Independent Māori Statutory Board in their first term.
Part One - The Schedule of Issues of Significance to Māori in Tāmaki MakaurauThe Schedule was created in response to the Independent Māori Statutory Board’s empowering legislation. It reflects issues for Māori in the Auckland Council area and covers both central and local government issues.
Framed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi Principles which have been derived from case law, each issue has been placed under its most directly relevant Treaty principle.
To enable the Board to prioritise the issues contained in the Schedule, consultation with Tāmaki Māori was undertaken. This was the beginning of development of the Māori Plan.
Part Two - The Māori Plan for Tāmaki MakaurauTo enable the Board to carry out their function, to promote the: cultural, economic, environmental, and social issues of significance for Mana Whenua and Mataawaka in Tāmaki Makaurau, they first had to identify the priorities and aspirations of Māori in Auckland.
Commissioned research was undertaken into the current state of Māori wellbeing in Tāmaki Makaurau. The resulting Māori Plan is a 30 year plan based on Māori values and outcomes and includes the activity or action based plans in each of the four wellbeing domains and are derived from the aspirations of Tāmaki Māori.
It provides the Board and council, with important information for investment bids, plans and budgets. It also provides a framework to monitor outcomes and measure changes to Māori wellbeing. This will indicate to council and other agencies where they can act more responsively towards Māori by assisting them to; take issues of importance to Māori in Tāmaki Makaurau into account and act in accordance with the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi PrinciplesThese principles have been derived from case law for the Independent Māori Statutory Board (IMSB) by the IMSB’s legal advisors AHM Law.
Each of the issues of significance has been “grouped” under one of the Treaty principles. IMSB acknowledges that most should fall under multiple principles, however we have attempted to attach each issue of significance to the most directly relevant principle.
- Reciprocity or recognition of the essential bargain - The Crown sought acquisition of governance in exchange for the protection of rangatiratanga.
- Kaitiakitanga - The exercise of guardianship by the tangata whenua of an area in accordance with tīkanga Māori in relation to natural and physical resources; and includes the ethic of stewardship.
- Rangatiratanga - The Crown has the duty to recognise hapū and iwi rights of self-determination – the capacity of hapū and iwi to exercise authority over their own affairs.
- Partnership - The duty of Māori and the Crown to both interact in good faith and in the nature of partnership. There is a sense of shared enterprise and mutual benefit where each partner must take account of the needs and interests of the others affairs.
- Active Protection - The duty of the Crown to proactively protect the rights and interests of Māori.
- Options - Recognising the authority of hapū and iwi to choose their own direction in the new society, to continue their own tīkanga as it was or to combine elements of both and walk in two worlds.
- Mutual Benefit - To recognise that benefits should accrue to both Māori and non-Māori, that both would each participate in the security and prosperity of the new nation giving rise to mutual obligation and benefits. Each needed to retain and obtain sufficient lands and resources for all to prosper, and each required the help of its Treaty partner to do so.
- The Right of Development - The Treaty right is not confined to customary uses or the state of knowledge as at 1840. By this, the Crown has an active duty to assist Māori in the development of their properties and taonga.
- Redress - The obligation to remedy past breaches of the Treaty. Redress is necessary to restore the honour and integrity of the Crown, and the mana and status of Māori, as part of the reconciliation process. By this, the Crown’s approach to redress should be restorative and make appropriate and sufficient recompense. The provision of redress must also take account of its practical impact and the need to avoid creation of fresh injustice.