Invasion Day Aotearoa Solidarity

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He karanga tenei ki nga hau e wha

Hei tautoko i te iwi Moemoea no Ahiterairia.

Na te mahi whakaware o te Kawanatanga me nga Kaporeihana e whai putea
ana e whai raupatu ana, kei te noho whakawhuia nga tangata whenua

He pouri tenei ahuatanga me kaati ra

Ko te tohenga ma ratou  te iwi Moemoea ki te whai i ou ratou ake tino
rangatiratanga kia hapaitia e ratou te mana motuhake kia kaha ake kia whawhai tonu

na reira

Tautoko atu a wairua, a hinengaro, a tinana hoki

Kaati noa ra, ko tenei te wa ki te tu rangatira, tu kotahi i te kawau maro, o tenei kaupapa

 

The 26th of January marks 228 years since the arrival of the First fleet in Australia. This heralded the British invasion of that continent and the ensuing genocide against Aboriginal peoples.

The invasion of Aboriginal lands was illegal under international law at the time of the arrival of the First Fleet. This invasion involved the perpetration of war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide and theft of Aboriginal homelands.

The current contempt and lack of respect, rights, Treaty and third world conditions that Indigenous peoples face in Australia is an International Shame.

Like New Zealand, Canada, and the USA, Australia is a colonial settler state, based on invasion, dispossession and colonisation.

For Indigenous Australians, the 26 of January will be dedicated to protest the ongoing effects of colonialism and call for sovereignty, treaty and social justice.

There are protests taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart and Canberra.

Tangata whenua of Aotearoa are proud to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal brothers and sisters and will be assembling at midday outside the Australian consulate at 186-194 Quay st Auckland, New Zealand.

Vanessa Ross, Bunjalung says “ I’ve never used the term “Australia Day” to me it’s always been “Invasion Day” and personally, it should mean a day of reflection and acknowledgement of the True, Real history, not some idealistic fabrication of white mans theft of nations among many other atrocities.”

Today we mourn the declaration of Australia as terra nullius. We remember all those who have died in massacres, and were dispossessed of their land and homes, those were denied their humanity, who were shackled, beaten, sent to prison camps, and made to live in reserves. We mourn those who have died in the resistance.

In solidarity we mourn the affects of genocide and colonisation which persists to this day.

Regardless of who is the PM of Australia all threats to Aboriginal culture and livelihood still remain.

We will not be pacified with bogus corporate-backed constitutional recognition that fails to respect and honour Aboriginal sovereignty.

It’s time for all Indigenous peoples all over the Pacific to unite and turn the tide against genocide, for ancestry and future generations.

Always was, always will be Aboriginal land !

The TPPA is a death sentence for Indigenous Rights

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Tangata whenua are strongly opposed to the signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement which will be held in Auckland in February.

The TPPA represents a significant and disruptive challenge to Maori.

The New Zealand government has by-passed indigenous involvement at every level. This complete lack of consultation also contravenes the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and this government has no right to sign this trade deal without our free,prior and informed consent.

Similar free trade agreements have had a devastating impact on the rights & lives of Indigenous peoples around the world. Indigenous peoples have been criminalised and rights to their lands and resources have been ignored.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is colonisation by corporation.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is part of the neoliberal structural adjustment programme to diminish and extinguish Indigenous rights forever. The TPPA will intensify and increase  negative economic impacts in our communities. Already Maori are extensively over-represented in all negative indices.

The TPPA is a direct denial of the rights of Maori as stated in the 1835 Declaration of Independence and as reaffirmed in the Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous peoples.

The Waitangi tribunal last year confirmed that Tangata Whenua did not cede their sovereignty when they signed the Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Tangata Whenua have long and deeply-held traditional values and understandings of collectivity, of manakitanga , of kaitiakitanga (Caring for Earth Mother), for Tangaroa (god of the sea) and for their children .This is in direct opposition to what is being proposed in the TPPA. The New Zealand government does no have the right to negotiate away our rights under Te Tiriti and our rights as Indigenous peoples.

We oppose corporate Maori like FOMA (Federation of Maori Authorities) who have come out in support of this agreement. These neotribal capitalists are transparent in their greed and their neoliberal modus operandi.

Their bottom line and profit at any cost mentality puts the interests of the dairy industry and the tribal capitalists ahead of a duty of care for our environment and  our survival as Indigenous peoples. We will not let our grassroots who are struggling to survive be sold out again.

The TPPA is a “death sentence” for Maori . “It is a gift to the rich that will deepen the divide between narrowly concentrated wealth and mass misery, and destroy what remains of  indigenous society.” This is not the world our tupuna envisioned for us when they signed Te Tiriti.

“Our communities, our whānau, hapū, have the mana for the land. Let us not give that right to big businesses.” 1

 

Reference

  1. http://www.maoritelevision.com/news/politics/disappointment-tppa-announcement-comes-overseas

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