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Te Rūnanga Nui o Te Aupōuri / Culture & Traditions  / Nga Taonga Tuku Iho Conference

Nga Taonga Tuku Iho Conference

It’s been 25 years since the Mataatua Declaration (on the Cultural and Intellectual Property Rights of Indigenous Peoples) was developed, 26 years since the WAI-262 Indigenous Flora and Fauna Waitangi Tribunal Claim was lodged and 7 years since the Tribunal released its’ Ko Aotearoa Tēnei’ report on the claim, and yet, are we any clearer about accessing, utilising and benefit-sharing of taonga Māori – indigenous flora and fauna and Māori iconography, art forms and te reo?

Is this generation doing enough to safeguard the heritage of future generations? Cultural misappropriation is still occurring on a regular basis nationally and globally. The same is true for indigenous peoples throughout the world. New Zealand’s intellectual property laws and practices are still not addressing the core issues Māori have been consistently raising.

It is timely to meet, discuss, debate and develop our own responses, protocols and key messages for legal reform.

During the evenings there will be the following scheduled events:

16 September – pre-conference event at Whakatu Marae

17 September – conference dinner which will be a showcase of kai Māori (Māori food) and entertainment at Whakatu Marae (bus service available from the conference venue)

18 September – post-conference drinks and networking event at the conference venue

Further information can be found on the conference website.