Te Tiriti o Waitangi & Statement of Principles

|The Treaty of Waitangi

|Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Treaty of Waitangi are modern-day Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding documents and signify the special relationship between Maaori and the Crown.

Due to the differences in interpretation of the documents, the international legal doctrine of contra proferentem applies, meaning the indigenous version is valid, not that of the colonisers, when there is a dispute over translations.  As such, te Tiriti o Waitangi takes precedence over the Treaty of Waitangi, as Maaori did not cede sovereignty to the British Crown.  Over 500 rangatira signed te Tiriti o Waitangi, with only 39 signing the Treaty of Waitangi.

Since its signing in 1840, te Tiriti o Waitangi has come to be considered a “statement of the individual and collective rights of Māori, the Crown’s responsibility to Maaori, and a charter for New Zealand as a whole”. Te Tiriti o Waitangi guarantees Maaori equal access to national resources and can be seen to require the government to ensure that Maaori have “at least the same level of health as non-Maaori”.

Tuu Whakahii Waipiro is committed to honouring te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles.

|Statement of Principles

|Tauaaki o ngaa Maataapono

  • The principle of equity of outcomes for Maaori, and others.   
  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi principles to improve Maaori health, social, cultural, and economic outcomes. 
  • The principles of Tikanga Maaori will be incorporated into our organisational culture so that Maaori values and practices are normalised. Maaori can be Maaori. 
  • The principle of continuous improvement will ensure a culture of quality. 
  • The principle of best utilisation of resources to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people. 
  • The principle of sustainability by securing ongoing funding to maintain services and to generate income to foster growth and economic development. 
  • The principle of affordability will ensure that financial management is within budget planning. 
  • The principle of transparency so that decision making processes are available for scrutiny and open to challenge. 
  • The principle of benefit ensures resources are used on the basis of greatest need with likelihood of the best outcome. 
  • The principle of effectiveness so that services achieve the desired outcome. 
  • The principle of acceptability will ensure that the decisions made are consistent with the values and expectations of the communities we serve. 
  • The principle of responsiveness will ensure the community we serve is comfortable with the services we provide.