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 Treaty of Waitangi Relationships 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.