Policy Point 8

Withdraw New Zealand from the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

New Zealand’s adoption of the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples – something that the Clark Labour government refused on the grounds that it would give superior rights to some New Zealanders but not others – was yet a further concession by John Key to the Maori Party.

The Declaration is utterly inappropriate to New Zealand since Maori are not indigenous, having arrived here by canoes not too many generations before Tasman. Quite different from the Australian Aborigines and North American Indians who have lived in those places for thousands of years.

At Cape Reinga there is a hillock off the point and it is from here, according to Maori legend, that the spirits of dead Maori leave on their journey to their homeland of Hawaiki, thus showing that even Maori don’t believe that they are indigenous.