New Zealand aims to be first with UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples plan 2/27/2019

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New Zealand aims to be first with UN Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples plan

18 Apr, 2019 1:27pm

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New Zealanders celebrate the endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in New York in 2010. Photo / United Nations
New Zealanders celebrate the endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in New York in 2010. Photo / United Nations

New Zealand aims to be the first country in the world with an action plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in relation to Māori.

Minister for Māori Development Nanaia Mahuta is travelling to the United Nations in New York over Easter to speak on New Zealand’s indigenous rights record to the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

It comes after a high-level UN delegation from the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples visited the country to give advice on how New Zealand can implement the Declaration, which the country signed up to in 2010.

Mahuta said the delegation had been introduced to Māori leaders and groups up and down the country and met with ministers.

While they were yet to deliver a report with recommendations, the group had commented that New Zealand was seen as “leading” on indigenous issues, Mahuta said.

“Other countries look to what we are doing.”