With the tradition and teaching of the Church, we affirm ‘that the right of the first occupants to land, and a social and political organisation which would allow them to preserve their cultural identity, while remaining open to others, must be guaranteed.’
– New Zealand Catholic Bishops, 1989, quoting the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, The Church and Racism, 1988
The Bi-Cultural Committee (formerly the Diocesan Bicultural Working Party) became part of the Justice and Peace Commission in 2015. Its aims are:
- To educate all members of the diocese in our commitment to honour the Treaty as a covenant and to a bicultural society and church; and
- To advocate for a bicultural nation.
Convenor: Kevin McBride
Members: Robert Newson, Susan Healy, Nikki de la Rosa, Andrea Petch, Rangi Davis, Fr Bernard Dennehy.