New Zealand should make efforts to strengthen the treaty settlement process and address other key issues, in dialogue with Maori people

By | 23 July, 2010

prelim-nzThe Special Rapporteur carried out a visit to New Zealand from 19-23 July 2010 to assess the situation of the Maori people, in follow up to the 2005 visit by his predecessor, Rodolfo Stavenhagen. The Special Rapporteur notes that, while some advancements have been made since his predecessor’s visit, including proposed repeals to the Foreshore and Seabed Act and continued treaty settlements to address Maori grievances within the framework of the Treaty of Waitaingi, continued efforts need to be made in this regard, in consultation with the Maori people. Furthermore, the Special Rapporteur emphasizes that the principles enshrined in the Treaty of Waitangi and related internationally-protected human rights must be provided with constitutional security. See the preliminary statement of the Special Rapporteur and the press statement following the visit. (July 2010)