Te Whānau o Waipareira have supported and led major advancements and activities for the West Auckland community, urban Māori and continue to be a key driver in advocacy.
Wai 414 Waitangi Tribunal Claim was a highly public and controversial claim Waipareira brought against the Community Funding Authority. Through this claim Waipareira argued that a non-tribal group of Māori has rights under the Treaty of Waitangi.
“The claim is essentially about fairness, due process and equality of opportunity. It is about our right as a pan-tribal whānau in the urban area to be acknowledged as a Treaty partner and our right as Urban Māori to organise ourselves’. – John Tamihere.
The Tribunal found Te Whānau o Waipareira was entitled to have the right of Rangatiratanga protected through and ongoing partnership with the Crown in accordance with the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Trust was to act as iwi in West Auckland.
Waipareira has championed for change in key legislative debates advancing and advocating for Urban Māori rights against both government entities, and traditional iwi groupings. The two most prominent advancements for urban Māori were in the 1990s when The National Urban Māori Authority (NUMA) of which Waipareira were a key contributor, challenged the allocation of fisheries monies to traditional iwi, thereby excluding Māori living in urban areas who are not connected to their iwi. NUMA argued that these monies were to benefit all Māori and not fair distribution.