Our Advocacy

National Advocacy

Te Whānau o Waipareira has supported and led major advancements and activities for the West Auckland community, urban Māori and continues to be a key driver in advocacy.

Wai 414 Waitangi Tribunal Claim was a highly public and controversial claim that 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,” said CEO John Tamihere.

The Tribunal found Te Whānau o Waipareira was entitled to have the right of Rangatiratanga protected through an 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.

Community Advocacy

A&E Campaign

The winter months for whānau in West Auckland continues to be an issue for accessing affordable after-hours care from the local A & E provider. The cost of after-hours care has been out of reach for a lot of our whānau / families. An advocacy campaign highlighting the issues and suggesting alternatives was undertaken.

Between 2014 and 2018, Te Whānau o Waipareira ran an annual campaign urging West Auckland whānau / families to take their after-hours illnesses straight to Waitakere Hospital Accident & Emergency Department. The cost for a medical visit to an after-hours clinic in West Auckland is extremely high and many whānau / families and cost should not be a factor for accessing services.

“Unfortunately many within our community can’t afford that ridiculous overhead,” said CEO John Tamihere.

“That’s why we have to demand the Waitakere Hospital A & E operate 24 hours a day, and I would urge whānau to go straight to the hospital if they are ill…This is a community issue and I would hope the authorities listen to what the community is saying.”