He Puapua – what you need to know (2023)

He Puapua – What is it?

He Puapuais a report commissioned by the Labour party in 2019. It was commissionedto be the pathway for New Zealand to meet its commitment to theUnited Nations Declaration of Indigenous Peoples.

See the full He Puapua report HERE

In essence, it is the road-map for Maori co-governance by 2040, the 200-year anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

The report was deliberately hidden by Labour from their then coalition partner New Zealand First. The former Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters confirmed this in aspeechon 20 June 2021: “This Government is enabling a wave of rights-based activism in-and-outside of government. Everything in 2021 is now rights-based, or indigenous rights demanding co-governance. In 2019 a report called ‘He Puapua‘ came to Government but was never shown to one NZ First Cabinet Minister. This report was deliberately suppressed. In short, this report is a recipe for Maori separatism, they knew it and that’s why they suppressed it till after the election in the full knowledge that NZ First is for one flag, one country, one law. It was a gesture of ingratitude and bad faith.”

The heavily redacted version of the report was first obtained by the NZCPR in early March 2021 and its existence was made known to NZCPR readers. A short time later a full version was obtained by the NZCPR and circulated.

Many of the report’s recommendations have already been implemented, or are in the process of being implemented.

(Video) He Puapua You have to read it to know what's being done while you're not looking: New Zimbabwe!

The report authors are:Dr Claire Charters (Chair), Waimirirangi Ormsby, Naomi Solomon, Gary Williams MNZM and Dr Jacinta Ruru; and government officials, Emily Owen, Judith Pryor, Kayla Kingdon-Bebb and Tāmati Olsen.

Claire Charters isa New Zealand Māori academicfrom the Ngāti Whakaue, Tūwharetoa, Ngāpuhi and Tainui tribes. She specialises in indigenous peoples’ rights in international and constitutional law.

Waimirirangi Ormsby is a 27-year-old, of Waikato, Ngātiwai and Te Arawa descent. She says her vision for the future is, “one or two generations from now to have indigenous people leading the way and having indigenous knowledge systems be implemented into constitution, into law and policy, into the way that we live our lives, for everybody.”

Naomi Solomonhas had various roles within Te Puni Kokiri and the Ministry of Primary Industries, working in the area of Māori policy development, including the indigenous rights portfolio, representing New Zealand at the United Nations, and providing expert advice on Māori intellectual property issues particularly in relation to Free Trade Agreements. She also served as a Private Secretary to the Minister for Māori Development for a period of time.She isa current Te Rūnanga o Toa Rangatira Board member.

Gary Williams describes this of himself:For more than 40 years, I have been influential in driving change for disabled people and Māori, both in Aotearoa and globally.I am proudly a Trustee of Ngā Hau e Whā National Marae and other NGOs.

Jacinta Ruruis aNew Zealand academic and the first Māori Professor of Law. She is of Raukawa, Ngāti Ranginui and Ngāti Maniapoto descent. She is currently a professor at the University of Otago.

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He Puapua – Key objectives

The He Puapua Hall of shame

Labour’s Maori caucus is at theforefront of embedding He Puapua principles into New Zealand society. The Maori caucus is now the dominant faction within the Labour Party and cabinet.

17 November 2020. (Radio NZ) – “Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene and Northland MP Willow-Jean Prime have been unanimously elected as the new co-chairs of the Labour Māori Caucus.Prime said the Labour Māori Caucus now had a record 15 members, each of whom were a committed representative of their people. Tirikatene said Māori now made up 25 percent of Cabinet and a depth of talent within the caucus would ensure a progressive and strong Māori voice in every decision of the government.”Read more >>>

(Video) The report of Professor James Allan on He Puapua

Articles and further background information

Muriel Newman: He Puapua, The Final Step to Separatism –Arecent report produced by the Ministry for Maori Development outlining a plan for implementing theUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, raises important questions:Is Jacinda Ardern governing on behalf of the people of New Zealand, or is she turning this county into an outpost of the UN? Read more >>>

Muriel Newman: He Puapua, The End of Democracy –In March 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardernauthorisedthe development of a plan to implement theUnited Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The Declaration had been launched twelve years earlier by the UN but at the time Helen Clark’s Labour Government had refused to sign because the demands were too radical. Read more >>>

Heather du Plessis-Allan: He Puapua, We are well down the path of politicising ethnicity – There’s a brilliant piece online today by Auckland University Professor Elizabeth Rata talking about He Puapua, the government discussion document on separate Maori systems. She argues we are at a crossroads as a country: we either decide to be a democratic-nationalist one, where there is only one category of people which is citizenship and everyone is entitled to the same treatment, or we decide to become an ethno-nationalist country, where we are divided into ethnic groups, and those who got here first claim “a particular political status with entitlements not available to others”. Read more >>>

Peter Williams: He Puapua – let’s give Willie Jackson some advice!– In this country today, the Minister of Maori Development Willie Jackson is going to tell us a bit more about what the government intends to do about the He Puapua report. And I just wondered this morning, if you’d like to give Willie some advice about which direction he should take the country based on the recommendations in He Puapua. Read more >>>

Muriel Newman: He Puapua, Disunity and Division.– In this week’s NZCPR newsletter we look at the developing situation in Afghanistan and reflect on the dangers of tribalism and the He Puapua agenda that is currently being implemented in New Zealand, our NZCPR Guest Commentator Lindsay Mitchell shares the results of her comprehensive investigation into the progress being made by Maori under colonisation, and our poll asks whether you agree that DoC’s $26.5m taxpayer-funded visitor centre at Dolomite Point should be gifted to Ngai Tahu. Read more >>>

Graham Adams: Winston Peters is back… and so is He Puapua.– The NZ First leader claims Ardern’s government hid the radical report on Māori co-governance from him. Graham Adams reckons he will extract a heavy price for the betrayal. With the help of a largely dismissive media, concerns raised in April by David Seymour and then by Judith Collins over the revolutionary report He Puapua were soon damped down. But now Winston Peters has entered the fray — and it became clear this week that he has a very personal interest in how it has been handled. Peters alleges the report — which charts a path to co-governance between the Crown and Māori by 2040 — was kept from him deliberately despite NZ First and Labour being in a coalition government at the time. Read More >>>

(Video) He Puapua. You have to read it to know what's being done while you're not looking. New Zimbabwe!

Tony Sayers: He Puapua – the Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing –The document‘He Puapua’is apparently, the roadmap for the implementation of ‘The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples(UNDRIP) into New Zealand Law by theYear 2040.This implies thatHe Puapuashould reflect the principles ofUNDRIP. However, as I read both documents, it becomes apparent that this is not entirely the case.He Puapua,is usingUNDRIPas a disguise, it is obviously a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Read more>>>

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(Video) The He Puapua Report


What is the meaning of he puapua? ›

“He puapua” means “a break”, which usually refers to a break in the waves. Here, it refers to the breaking of the usual political and societal norms and approaches.

Why did NZ vote Undrip? ›

The New Zealand Government's explanation for its opposing vote is that four provisions contained in the Declaration are “fundamentally incompatible with New Zealand's constitutional and legal arrangements, the Treaty of Waitangi, and the principle of governing for the good of all our citizens.” Firstly, these ...

What does te Rangatiratanga mean? ›

Rangatiratanga was used in Article 2 of the Māori language version of the Treaty to convey the idea of unqualified exercise of Māori chieftainship over their lands, villages and all their treasures. Rangatiratanga is often associated with sovereignty, leadership, autonomy to make decisions, and self-determination.

What is a Rangatiratanga definition? ›

/ (ˌrʌŋɡətɪərəˈtʌŋɡə) / noun. NZ the condition of being a Māori chief; sovereignty.

What is UNDRIP summary? ›

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an international instrument adopted by the United Nations on September 13, 2007, to enshrine (according to Article 43) the rights that “constitute the minimum standards for the survival, dignity and well-being of the indigenous peoples of ...

Which countries voted against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? ›

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) was adopted by the General Assembly on Thursday, 13 September 2007, by a majority of 143 states in favour, 4 votes against (Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States) and 11 abstentions (Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burundi, ...

Is UNDRIP legally binding? ›

UNDRIP, as a UN declaration, is an aspirational document and is not legally binding. However, declarations and other forms of 'soft law' can eventually become legally binding customary law.

What are the 3 principles of the Treaty of Waitangi? ›

The “3 Ps” comprise the well-established Crown Treaty framework – the principles of partnership, participation and protection.

What are the Māori values? ›

We have distilled five key values that underpin Māori leadership.
  • Whakaiti - humility. Whakaiti is a key term in Māori leadership. ...
  • Ko tau rourou and manaakitanga - altruism. ...
  • Whanaungatanga - others. ...
  • Tāria te wā and kaitiakitanga - long-term thinking, guardianship. ...
  • Tikanga Māori - cultural authenticity.
Jan 7, 2019

Is there an official Māori flag? ›

What is the national Māori flag? The national Māori flag, called Tino Rangatiratanga, is one of New Zealand's flags and a symbol for this land. Tino Rangatiratanga was first designed in 1990, but was not recognised as an official national Māori flag until December 2009.

How do you use rangatiratanga in a sentence? ›

Definition of 'rangatiratanga'

We welcome feedback: report an example sentence to the Collins team. Read more… Amongst the demands were for increased tino rangatiratanga.

What is the Māori word for sovereignty? ›

Sovereignty means absolute and total control of everything. So, in the English version, Māori gave the British total control of the country. The Māori word 'rangatiratanga' is similar to 'sovereignty'.

What are the 4 central themes of UNDRIP? ›

The main themes of UNDRIP are the rights to self‐determination, the right to be recognized as distinct peoples, the rights to free, prior, and informed consent, and the right to be free from discrimination.

What are the principles of UNDRIP? ›

3. The provisions set forth in this Declaration shall be interpreted in accordance with the principles of justice, democracy, respect for human rights, equality, non-discrimination, good governance and good faith.

What rights are ensured by UNDRIP? ›

Indigenous peoples have the right to maintain and strengthen their distinct political, legal, eco- nomic, social and cultural institutions, while re- taining their right to participate fully, if they so choose, in the political, economic, social and cul- tural life of the State.

Why did the US vote against the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples? ›

Countries voting against the Declaration said they could not support it because of concerns over provisions on self-determination, land and resources rights and, among others, language giving indigenous peoples a right of veto over national legislation and State management of resources.

Does the UN Declaration give Indigenous Peoples new Rights? ›

The UN Declaration does not create new rights for Indigenous Peoples. It affirms Indigenous Peoples' inherent, or pre-existing, collective human rights, as well as the individual human rights of Indigenous women, men and children.

What are the human rights of Indigenous Peoples? ›

Indigenous peoples and individuals are: free and equal to all other peoples and individuals and have the right to be free from any kind of discrimination, in the exercise of their rights, in particular that based on their indigenous origin or identity.

Why did Canada not agree to UNDRIP? ›

Further, the Conservatives asserted in parliamentary deliberations that Canada could not vote in support of the Declaration because it was a “flawed document” that lacked clear practical guidelines for states and was subject to competing interpretations.

What does UNDRIP mean for Canada? ›

In November 2019, British Columbia became the first Canadian jurisdiction to incorporate the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) into law, through an Act which “required the government of British Columbia to 'prepare and implement an action plan to achieve the objectives of the ...

What does implementing UNDRIP actually mean? ›

What is UNDRIP? UNDRIP consists of 46 articles ratified by the United Nations, recognizing the basic human rights of Indigenous people along with their rights to self-determination.

Has New Zealand ratified Undrip? ›

New Zealand endorsed the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in 2010 (UNDRIP). New Zealand has not ratified ILO Convention 169.

How did Kate Sheppard get the vote? ›

Kate Sheppard received a telegram from the Premier, Richard Seddon, conceding victory to the women. The governor, Lord Glasgow, recognized her leadership by presenting her with the pen with which the bill had been signed. On 19 September 1893 women were finally given the right to vote in elections.

What were the causes of women's suffrage in NZ? ›

New Zealand's pioneering suffragists were inspired both by the equal-rights arguments of philosopher John Stuart Mill and British feminists and by the missionary efforts of the American-based Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU).

When did the women's suffrage movement start NZ? ›

On 19 September 1893, when the Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.


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