Family Planning expresses its commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiriti, the founding document of Aotearoa New Zealand. We acknowledge that Te Tiriti must be the foundation for our relationships with Māori in the way we provide services, operate and govern. This approach is central to achieving our mission and our strategic vision of whakamanahia - equity, access, choice.
As described by the Human Rights Commission, Family Planning understands that the three primary articles of the Treaty set out the following:
- “the rights and responsibilities of the Crown to govern
(Article 1 –kāwanatanga/governance)
- the collective rights and responsibilities of Māori, as Indigenous people, to live as Māori and to protect and develop their taonga
(Article 2 – rangatiratanga/ self-determination)
- the rights and responsibilities of equality and common citizenship for all New Zealanders
(Article 3 – rite tahi/ equality)”
Family Planning is dedicated to working with and for Māori to protect and nurture Māori taonga – including health, reproduction, culture and language – and to support Māori self-determination through effective and mutually beneficial partnerships. We have committed to ensuring services are prioritised for rangatahi Māori through consultation and ongoing engagement.
We are motived to do this work by our organisational mission and values. As an organisation funded by government, we also have a responsibility to oversee that this happens through governance and management of our organisation which is informed by Te Tiriti. Family Planning has dedicated Māori and rangatahi Māori seats on our governing council, illustrating commitment to Article 2. Our organisational strategy is based on Te Tiriti principles, illustrating alignment with Article 3.
Te Tiriti is the agreement which opened the door to and acknowledged tūrangawaewae, a place where one has rights of residence and belonging, for the first immigrants who represented the British Crown, and all those that followed. People from all cultural groups are included as Te Tiriti partners with Māori and, as such, all New Zealanders have a role upholding the rights and privileges of Māori as tangata whenua of Aotearoa.
To realise the promises of Te Tiriti, our relationship with Māori will continue to evolve. As an organisation we are committed to self-reflection, and how we can improve our understanding and commitment to Te Tiriti. This approach and commitment enriches our organisation.
Being Aotearoa’s leading provider and courageous advocate for sexual and reproductive wellbeing and rights, includes being a courageous advocate and ally for the rights of Māori as the indigenous people of New Zealand.
Incorporating Te Tiriti into our everyday work will include:
- improving our understanding of Te Tiriti and what it means to all New Zealanders and Family Planning
- learning more te reo Māori and using it when speaking and writing
- normalisation of tikanga Māori at work
- idenfiying new ways to partner with Māori individuals and organisations within our individual roles
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