Post by Kiwi Frontline on Jul 13, 2021 18:33:59 GMT 12
Bruce Moon: "INDIGENEITY?"
Alert observers will surely be noting today the increasing references by Government spokesmen and others to “the rights of indigenous peoples” with Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson saying that “New Zealand’s efforts [are] already well down the path.” So perhaps now is the time to have a good look at what all this is about!
It all seems to have started when former Prime Minister Helen Clark visited United Nations headquarters in 2007. In September that year the General Assembly of the United Nations passed its “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People”, UNDRIP. Of the four nations which refused to sign it at the time, Clark explained that she had not done so “because of legal concerns”.
Rosemary Banks, New Zealand’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, in her address to the United Nations on 13 September 2007 went a little further, outlining why New Zealand could not sign the Declaration:......