Waitangi Day 20226 February 2022
This Sunday 6th February marks 182 years since our Māori Indigenous peoples signed Te Tiriti o Waitangi, a founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal system.
In a contemporary society, principles of Partnership, Participation, Protection (& more) between Māori and the Crown are well-established under this framework.
Article 3 of both Te Tiriti and The Treaty do not differ in “translation” and agree to protection, rights and benefits to Māori as British subjects.
Why then, I ask, are the majority of people lining up this Waitangi Day for free food services, run by myself and partners in central Tāmaki Makaurau brown?
You may secretly think “oh those people just need to take responsibility and get a job”, perhaps a job that enables them to pay for adequate housing as well as food. That is your prerogative to have any thought you wish of course.
Tell me though, should these same individual responsibilities apply for children who are housing/food insecure?
Given the undertakings of our founding legal documents, why are our Māori children still lining up at meals like ours for a human necessity, as well as presenting at a disproportionate rate within other national system failures intersecting with poverty?
Stand with us to remind our government of protective human rights obligations grounded in article 3 of Te Tiriti/The Treaty this Waitangi weekend, and sign our petition.
We seek laws to be changed to reflect those overseas that regulate or prohibit edible food waste going to landfill; instead being directed to those who are food insecure.
We seek livable incomes and equal opportunities for all, with access to education and ability for healthy food growth.
We seek protection of our most vulnerable by removing all obstacles to nutritious food for those who are food insecure.
Please help us make this dream a reality by giving us a chance to present in the House of Representatives.
Take 1 minute and sign our petition.