17 Aug 2011

Bolivia's constitution viewed as a model for Maori

7:13 pm on 17 August 2011

A tribal-led body examining the basic rules that New Zealanders should live by, is being inspired by the treatment of indigenous people in Latin America.

The Independent Constitutional Working Group has been set up to consider how a constitution might be based upon Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The group's convenor, Margaret Mutu, says in Bolivia, the native people are the Government - and that's become a model for Maori.

Dr Mutu says they have brought in a constitution that's shaped around their cultural values, and she's very interested in looking at it.

The Independent Constitutional Working Group will discuss its review with tangata whenua next year, and report to the Iwi Chairs Forum the year after.