National Iwi Chairs Forum
Constitutional Change Working Group
MATIKE MAI, MĀORI CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION
Matike Mai recommended “That a Maori Constitutional Convention be called in 2021 to further the discussion and develop a comprehensive engagement strategy across the country” This, the first Convention will focus on strengthening the Rangatiratanga sphere.
Matike Mai was a report developed under the leadership of Dr Moana Jackson and Professor Margaret Mutu that proposed practical steps to transform our Constitution so that it is inclusive and based on He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tireni of 1835, Te Tiriti o Waitangi of 1840 and other international human rights instruments. It was adopted by the National Iwi Chairs Forum in February 2016. The report can be downloaded here.
The Forum aims to bring together whanau, hapu, iwi and leaders of peak Maori organisations to develop a strategy and plan to unite and strengthen the Rangatiratanga. There will be no registration costs for this event.
The convention will feature an array of speakers as well as workshops, so everyone who attends will have a voice. Speakers will include:
• Dr Jackson
• Professor Mutu
• Professor Claire Charter
• Dr Veronica Tawhai
• Janell Dymus-Kurei
Who all played significant roles in the development of the report.
Any Māori organisation or whanau member who wants to be part of Constitutional Transformation will want to participate in this Convention.