Visit by United Nations Expert Mechanism on Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)

Putting indigenous rights into action in Aotearoa NZ:

Hui with UN Indigenous Experts

Pōwhiri

When:      10 am

               Monday 8 April 2019

Where:     Waipapa Marae

               University of Auckland

               Wynyard Street, Auckland

 

Informal reception

When:      5.30 pm

               Monday 8 April 2019

Where:     Old Government house

               University of Auckland

               Princes Street, Auckland

 

Auckland Community Hui

When:      10 am – 2 pm

               Tuesday 9 April 2019

Where:     Hoani Waititi Marae

               451 West Coast Road

               Oratia

 

Wellington Community Hui

When:      10 am – 2 pm

               Friday 12 April 2019

Where:     Pipitea Marae

               55-59 Thorndon Quay

               Pipitea

 

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was adopted by the United Nations in 2007 and supported by New Zealand in 2010. It sets out human rights standards that align with and support our own Treaty of Waitangi and has been described as “a blueprint for implementing Te Tiriti”.

But how is it being put into action?  What more needs to be done?  The New Zealand Government has signalled its intention to work with Iwi and Māori to develop a strategy or action plan for the Declaration.  What should this look like?  How do you want to be involved?

Visit by UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

A group of independent indigenous Experts have been invited to visit Aotearoa in April to assist.  The three expert members of the UN body known as the ‘EMRIP’ have agreed to provide advice on developing an action plan or strategy to support the Declaration, and how this could be done through an inclusive process that is in line with global best practice.

They want to hear from Māori communities and organisations:

  • about how the Declaration is being implemented in Aotearoa
  • any policies, strategies or good practices already in place
  • what is needed from any action plan that is developed to advance the Declaration.

 

An action plan for the Declaration

This visit has been requested with a view to work being undertaken in New Zealand on a national plan to implement the Declaration.

New Zealand supported the Declaration in 2010.  There are a range of policies and strategies in place that are relevant, but no overall strategy or plan for how the rights in the Declaration will be achieved.  In 2018 the Minister for Māori Development, Hon. Nanaia Mahuta, expressed her vision that “the Crown and Māori will work together to develop a national plan of action for the implementation of the Declaration”

The EMRIP visit is to seek expert advice, and to begin discussions with communities and local experts about how the Declaration can be put into action in a meaningful and effective way.

These hui with the EMRIP members are so they can hear from Māori about what an action plan or national strategy needs to do and how it can best be developed.

 

Further information about the EMRIP

 

The EMRIP is one of three UN expert bodies that focus specifically on the rights of Indigenous Peoples. It is made up of seven independent experts who are appointed by the Human Rights Council to provide advice and expertise on Indigenous Peoples’ rights. 

Three EMRIP members will be involved in the visit to New Zealand.  The visiting indigenous experts are: Ms Laila Vars (from Norway), Ms Megan Davis (Australia) and Mr Edtami Mansayagan (Philippines).   

Country visits are a recent addition to the EMRIP’s advisory role, enabling Governments and Indigenous Peoples to seek specific guidance on how the Declaration can be applied in their particular national context.  New Zealand will be only the third country to receive a visit by the EMRIP. 

The EMRIP members have been invited to New Zealand by the Aotearoa Independent Monitoring Mechanism for the Declaration and the Human Rights Commission, and with the agreement of the New Zealand Government.

The purpose of the EMRIP’s visit is to: provide advice to support a strategy or action plan, including advice on the objectives, key focus areas and specific measures to implement the Declaration. They will also advise on the process for developing the plan or strategy, to ensure that this is done in a way that enables the participation of Māori whānau, hapū, iwi and organisations throughout.

During their six-day visit, the EMRIP members will meet with various organisations and experts, hold two hui (in Auckland and Wellington) and will also meet with Government.

The visit is not to review or judge New Zealand’s progress so far, but is to assist the Government, Māori and others to strengthen implementation of the Declaration going forward.

Further information about the EMRIP can be found on their website at: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/IPeoples/EMRIP/Pages/EMRIPIndex.aspx

Contact

For further information about the hui or to RSVP, please contact: Jessica (jessican@hrc.co.nz; 0220130443) or Paula (paulap@hrc.co.nz; 0220130488) at the Human Rights Commission.

 

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