Kevin McCracken introduces the Wakaminenga Maori Government
1. What is the Māori Government and what is its role?
The Māori Government is the administrative arm of Te Wakaminenga o Nga Hapu o Nu Tireni. The Māori Government help to operationalise decisions made in the national Te Wakaminenga o Nga Hapu o Nu Tireni, or a hapu Wakaminenga.
1. What is a Wakaminenga?
It is a Confederation or general assembly of the United Tribes where they met to make decisions and frame laws according to their national constitution “He Wakaputanga o Tino Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni 1835
(Declaration of Independence o Nu Tireni 1835)
1. What jurisdiction does the Māori Government operate under?
The Maori Government operate under “Native Māori Jurisdiction”. It is the first nation jurisdiction of Nu Tireni (New Zealand). It is also recognised in pre and post-treaty British imperial law.
1. What are Māori?
Māori are the native indigenous people of Nu Tireni. Māori are also the first nations people.
1. Why are Māori allowed their own government?
Maori had their own government before Te Tiriti o Waitangi was signed. The Māori Government was first recognised in 1805 and earlier. It is also recognised in pre and post-treaty British imperial law.