Willie Jackson

Lloyd Burr Live: Willie Jackson explains next steps in Declaration Plan

Progress is being made to develop a plan to strengthen the rights of Māori.

Feedback on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People has been released, and work will start on a paper for consultation.

Māori Development Minister, Willie Jackson, joined Lloyd Burr Live, saying that it is a step in the right direction.

"The charter is the most comprehensive international instrument, is how we describe it in terms of the rights of indigenous people.

So it establishes a universal framework of minimum standards for the wellbeings, survival, and dignity of indigenous people of the world. 

"I think it is a wonderful statement," says Jackson.

Jackson doesn't believe the Declaration Plan is dangerous and, is instead, something all New Zealanders should support.

Jackson says the Plan will support indigenous people's language, health and housing.

"I want a New Zealand where Māori and Pakeha are working in tandem and the charter, I think, will complement that," says Jackson.

Jackson and Lloyd also talk about co-governance, Māori rights and the National party.

Listen to the full interview with Willie Jackson on Lloyd Burr Live above.