Tuesday, April 20, 2010

changing society one person at a time

Interesting to remember why this country didn't endorse the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2007.

From NZH

This was why
"New Zealand was one of only four countries to vote against the declaration.
Explaining that vote, New Zealand's then permanent representative to the UN, diplomat Rosemary Banks, said one article in the document gave indigenous peoples the right "to own use, develop or control lands and territories they have traditionally owned, occupied or used".
She said the entire country was potentially caught within the scope of that article. "The article appears to require recognition of rights to lands now lawfully owned by other citizens, both indigenous and non-indigenous ...
"Furthermore, this article implies indigenous peoples have rights that others do not."
New Zealand's "explanation" also saw major problems with the declaration's provisions on redress and compensation for indigenous peoples. The declaration also implied that indigenous peoples had a right of veto over Parliament and management of national resources."
This is non-binding remember, but it is also the beginning of the end of our bogus society where maori are treated like visitors in their own country.

The last paragraph of Pita's speech.
"New Zealand's support for the Declaration represents an opportunity to acknowledge and restate the special cultural and historical position of Māori as the original inhabitants - the tangata whenua - of New Zealand. It reflects our continuing endeavours to work together to find solutions and underlines the importance of the relationship between Māori and the Crown under the Treaty of Waitangi. Its affirmation of longstanding rights supports and safeguards that ongoing relationship and its proclamation of new aspirations gives us all encouragement and inspiration for the future."
To change society, we must change people - for the better, an improvement, a strengthening - a movement towards connection and community.

No comments: