UNDRIP: Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson accuses ACT's David Seymour of lying about indigenous rights consultation

An end of the week document dump has revealed there are calls for more models like the Māori Health Authority to be set up in other sectors. 

It follows consultation with Māori around how New Zealand could meet its United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

The first thing our Māori Development Minister Willie Jackson wants you to know about Friday's document dump is that "this is not about He Puapua". 

He Puapua is a controversial think-piece on Māori co-governance.

ACT leader David Seymour says the report is that.

"People can argue about whether or not this is the same or different. It's part of the same kaupapa," Seymour said on Friday.

What the Government has actually released is a report on six months of consultation with Māori on how best to honour our obligations under the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

It's something the National Party signed us up for back in 2010.

In the report, there are requests for an independent Māori Education Authority and something similar for our justice system too. And many shared a desire for governance over their whenua.

"We should have a look at all the social services, sectors, organisations and say look, is this our opportunity to really change the dial for Māori deprivation," said National Maori Authority chair Matthew Tukaki.

Jackson said on Friday: "We know that targeted programmes work for Māori people."

But not everyone wants them. 

"One set of rules for one group of people, another set of rules for another set of people, and the one divider is race," said Seymour. "Unfortunately, that's where this Government is taking us."

Jackson has had enough. 

"He just keeps telling lies," Jackson said of Seymour. "That's nothing to be scared of."

Seymour responded: "He's attacking me personally rather than debating the issue. That tells you everything you need to know."

This consultation document will now inform the draft policy for how we implement the UN Declaration here in Aotearoa, with plans for it to be in Cabinet's hands by June.

From there, all members of the public will have the opportunity to have their say on the proposals.