Indigenous Rights

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Sam Papa

Say NO to the Committee's Plan! Save Papa o Te Aroha Marae, Tokoroa

This Petition seeks to stop the creation of a Charitable Trust and the undermining of the current structure of Papa o Te Aroha Marae. The current Committee of the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society : Tene Kereopa (President) Glennys Whyte,(Assistant Treasurer), Mark Mahutonga (Secretary), Prue Christie (Treasurer), Carey Taluta (Deacon) are seeking to create a new Charitable Trust with the intention of Trustees self appointing.  Further it is the intention that the new entity will take the Lead for all Marae activities. We do not believe a new entity is required for the Marae and would like the integrity of Papa o Te Aroha to be retained and not be undermined by the creation of a Charitable Trust. It is unnecessary as the current structure of Papa o Te Aroha is an Incorporated Society. Incorporated Societies can apply for Charitable Status. The Incorporated Society is Driven by its members Not a Board of Trustees Why is Papa o Te Aroha Marae so important to this community?  Because it was established through the Wairua (Spirit) of the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society with Father Tuerlings and the support of the Hamilton Diocesan Bishop Edward Gaines in 1987. It was created to be a Community Marae to be used by all peoples to demonstrate the Catholic values of Aroha (Care and Attention), respect and charity to all.  There is a Pou for all peoples within its walls in the great wharenui.  Calling all to feel at home in the warmth of the ancestral representations. It is considered a very Holy site of ordination for the very first Catholic Maori Bishop, Bishop Takuira Max Mariu in 1988 by Bishop Edward Gaines. We seek support to preserve this Mauri and keep the integrity and Tapu o te Mana o Papa o Te Aroha free from violation. We DO NOT support the removal of Catholic or Maori in any way. We, the undersigned, are concerned citizens who urge the Tokoroa Catholic Maori Committee to act now to Retain the Incorporated Society i.e. Tokoroa Catholic Maori Society as the only Governing Entity for Papa o Te Aroha Marae, and to cease all investigation and actions to create a new Charitable Trust.

Andrew Paul
556 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago


Save The Fijian Indigenous Peoples, Chiefly Institution, 'Vanua' our Land & Resources

Please, Stop Cultural Genocide on the Fijian Indigenous Peoples, Cultures, Chiefly Institution, Race & Language, and 'Vanua' our Land & Resources in Fiji. Fiji has suffered 27 years of coup culture. The worst is December 2006 coup executed by Voreqe Bainimarama and which resulted in Fiji being under dictatorship for 08 years. Fijian Indigenous Peoples have suffered the most post 2006 coup. Fijian Indigenous have lost Rights to Self Determination, their Sovereignty as a First Nation Peoples of Fiji, their Fijian Race & Culture, Fijian Chiefly Institutions, Rights to make calls on their Land, Resources, 'Qoliqoli' or Foreshore and Seabed. Deaths, torture and abuse post 2006 have specifically targeted our Fijian Indigenous Peoples. The dismantling of the BLV - 'Bose Levu Vaka Turaga' or GCC- Great Council of Chiefs had been craftily orchestrated under the infamous Khaiyum-sunset clause where a thesis had been written to supposedly spell the end of the Fijian Race in Fiji hence the removal of the name Fijian and being given to all in Fiji without even any consultation with the Fijian Indigenous who have held this description of its Fijian Race for approximately 141 years post Deed of Fiji Cession to Great Britain in 1874. Now on this day 30 March, 2015, invoking that same Deed of Fiji Cession (1874), initially signed by our Fijian Indigenous Forefathers, we, the Fijian Indigenous Peoples of Fiji which includes those of us residing offshore, we collectively now wish to reclaim everything lost to the Fijian Indigenous Race post 2006 coup to 2015. This petition is apolitical and is purely for the salvage of the Fijian Indigenous Peoples of Fiji who are now spread globally and residing in Fiji and also other parts of the world. We, the undersigned, invoking the Deed of Fijian Cession of 1874 on this day, 30th March 2015, [Deed of Cession] which had been signed by our Forefathers, now call upon United Kingdom as Head of the Commonwealth and its Allies to heed our call and assist in restoring what was once a Peaceful Fiji. By doing so, this will assist in ensuring that our Way of Life as Fijian Indigenous Peoples or First Nation People of Fiji is restored to us in its fullest form. This means our 'Vanua' or Land & Resources as well as our Fijian Race and Cultures and our Fijian Chiefly Institutions are all reinstated and given back to the Fijian Indigenous Peoples to Self-Determine and map their pathway to the future. We are reminded that since the United Nation has become involved in our Fijian affairs, our Rights to Self Determination have been conveniently removed. We now wish to reclaim all these.  

Na Dina Fiji Truth Movement
180 supporters