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Robert Joseph: History of Maori Governance and Self-Determination

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Native Nations Institute
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In this interview, Māori barrister and Senior Lecturer at The University of Waikato Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato, Dr. Robert A. Joseph offers his expert analysis of governance and law through the historical perspective of Māori self-governance. Dr. Joseph gives a summary of the complexities of colonization over Māori lands under New Zealand governments and in particular a thorough examination of the Treaty of Waitangi that lays the foundations for the governance relationships of the Māori people with New Zealand governmental relations and society. Included with his historical accounts are the ways that law and jurisdiction intersects with Māori economy that brings together a current context to the way colonization impacts the modern practices of Māori self-determination.

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Native Nations
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Native Nations Institute. "Robert Joseph: History of Maori Governance and Self-Determination.” Leading Native Nations, Native Nations Institute, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, December, 2017

Transcript available upon request. Please email: nni@email.arizona.edu

Native Treaties: Making Relations

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Produced in partnership with TPT-Twin Cities PBS and producer/director Missy Whiteman
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Historically, intertribal relationships helped to maintain diplomacy and peace prior to the existence of the United States government. How can Native nations’ ethical and cultural values aid in today’s political climate? Produced in partnership with Twin Cities PBS and producer/director Missy Whiteman. Special thanks to Mille Lacs Indian Museum and Trading Post, the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, Bradley Harrington, and Byron Ninham.

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Native Governance Center. 2018. "Native Treaties: Making Relations." Produced in partnership with TPT-Twin Cities PBS and producer/director Missy Whiteman. St. Paul, Minnesota. Video. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aurUURaeoPo&t=3s, accessed November 14, 2018)

Rights, Governance, and the BC Treaty Process

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BC Treaty Commission
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The keynote address given at the BC Treaty Commission Conference for First Nations that discusses the rights, governance and the BC treaty process. Cornell emphasizes the fact that treating making can be more than a process. It can lead to the phenomenal concept of nation building that is sweeping Native nations across the world.

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Cornell, Stephen. "Forging Linkages & Finding Solutions." A BC Treaty Commission Conference for First Nations. BC Treaty Commission. Vancouver, British Columbia. October 29-31, 2008. Presentation.

New Zealand's Constitution: A Report on a Conversation He Kotuinga Korero mo Te Kaupapa Ture o Aotearoa

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The appointment of the Constitutional Advisory Panel in August 2011 was another step in a longer and continuing conversation about how to govern the people, land and resources of Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Panel was appointed as part of the Consideration of Constitutional Issues, which was agreed to in the 2008 Relationship Accord and Confidence and Supply Agreement between the National and Māori parties. The Consideration is jointly led by the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Māori Affairs. The Panel was appointed to:

- stimulate public debate and awareness of the current constitutional arrangements

- provide Ministers with an understanding of New Zealanders’ perspectives on those arrangements, including the views of Māori

- report to Ministers with advice on the constitutional topics, including any points of broad consensus where further work is recommended.

Furthermore, the terms of reference gave the Māori Co-chair specific responsibility to ensure that the Panel’s engagement process was inclusive of Māori, in a manner that reflected the Treaty of Waitangi relationship and responded to Māori consultation preferences.

The Panel’s engagement strategy, delivered to Ministers in December 2011, acknowledged Ministers’ expectations that the Panel would hear the views of a diverse range of New Zealanders, including a range of Māori. The Panel proposed a citizen-driven engagement process: to support people to engage with the Conversation in the way that best suited them and to be available to meet with people in their own spaces. The Panel proposed multiple ways for people to engage with the Conversation including face-to-face meetings in communities, on social media, in writing and through a website.

The engagement strategy was approved in May 2012. Following approval the Panel started implementation including the design and build of a website and online tools; design and production of information tools and resources to support engagement; design of engagement events; and publicity and media.

A summary booklet about the current constitutional arrangements, New Zealand’s Constitution: The conversation so far, was published in September 2012 and was made available to inform the conversations.

As part of the development of the process the Panel met with a range of national bodies or organisations with large memberships that represented a range of geographic, demographic and ethnic diversities. These ‘early conversations’ established links into communities, and provided the Panel with advice about how best to engage specific communities. 

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Constitutional Advisory Panel. New Zealand’s Constitution: A Report on a Conversation He Kōtuinga Kōrero mō Te Kaupapa Ture o Aotearoa. Wellington, New Zealand. November 2013. Report. (http://www.ourconstitution.org.nz/store/doc/FR_Appendix_All.pdf, accessed November 13, 2015)