Discourses/7. New Zealand: “I Have a New Taiaha”: Learning New Ways to Advocate for the Rights of Mokopuna Māori
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This chapter describes the authors’ work with a uniquely Aotearoa New Zealand group, the Māori (indigenous people) Wardens. Their experiences of learning about the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UN CRC) in the context of their lived experiences of childhood is revealed based on interviews and comments shared during Child Rights and Advocacy workshops. The chapter reveals two key messages; first, that the UN CRC is not currently promulgated effectively to promote and protect children’s rights; and second, that Māori Wardens are in a unique position to advocate for the ‘hard-to-reach’ and the most disadvantaged. In their voluntary role they witness first hand, the impacts of harsh, neo-liberal economic ideology on whānau, where, as is revealed, they recognise the unrealised potential of principle articles of the UN CRC.
Practice of respectful relationships
The Maori name for New Zealand (NZ)
Love, compassion and service
Collective of related families descended from a common ancestor(s)
Collective of hapū descended from a common ancestor (s); sometimes called a tribe
Māori early childhood centre
Indigenous people of New Zealand
Traditional building used as a place for people to gather
A welcome ceremony
Progeny, children and young people
The Māori name for the Ministry for Children, loosely translated as children’s wellbeing
Autonomy, authority, self-determination
A geographical area defined by the sovereignty of an ancestor(s)
Indigenous people, Māori
Values, traditions, treasure handed down from ancestors
The Māori worldview
Ministry of Māori Development
The Māori language
The Treaty of Waitangi
Correct ways of doing things, protocols and rules
A place to stand/belong by birth right and genealogy/ancestry
Warden of the community
To make connections between people; building a sense of belonging and reciprocal obligations
A process of making transparent the extended family relationships and their inherent obligations
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