Ministers asked to prove that Maori are Indigenous

Hon Bill English,
Hon Pita Sharples,
Ministers Responsible for the Consideration of the Constitutional Issues,
Parliament Building,

Dear Sirs,
Re: Official Information Act Request dated the 29 April 2013.

At the Constitutional Review Debate on 28 April 2013 at Victoria University, Dr Carwyn Jones, Tai Ahu, Veronica Tawhai, Valmaine Toki and Dr Rawinia Higgins referred to Maori as the Indigenous people of New Zealand. While the Hon Pita Sharples told the United Nations, “that Maori hold a distinct and special status as the indigenous people or tangata whenua of New Zealand”, this is not shared by Dr Ranginui Walker, past Professor and Head of Māori Studies at the University of Auckland and Ngapuhi chief David Rankin.Dr Ranginui Walker, 1986 Book of New Zealand Events, page 18, “The traditions are quite clear on one point, whenever crew disembarked there were already tangata whenua (prior inhabitants). The canoe ancestors of the 14 century merged with these tangata whenua tribes”. These canoe ancestors of the 14th century were called tangata maori in the Tiriti o Waitangi, not tangata whenua.Ngapuhi Chief David Rankin in the March 2010 Elocal Magazine, “Maori are not indigenous to Aotearoa New Zealand”.!_‘Maori_Are_Not_Indigenous_To_Aotearoa_New_Zealand’.html

Under the Official Information Act, What evidence do the Ministers Responsible for the Consideration of the Constitutional Issues have that over-rules Dr Ranginui Walker’s and Ngapuhi Chief David Rankin’s findings that Maori are not the tangata whenua or the Indigenous People of New Zealand?

Yours sincerely,
Ross Baker.
Researcher, One New Zealand Foundation Inc. national/lecturesandforums/ constitutional-review