18 Jun 2014

Lessons from Maori Crown negotiations

7:39 pm on 18 June 2014

Indigenous Australian representatives at a land management hui in Wellington say they have learnt from how Maori negotiates with the Crown.

The conference of about 150 government ministers, iwi, business leaders, and environment managers is exploring how land and marine environments can be co-governed.

The Budj Bim convenor from South West Victoria, Levi Lovett, said he learned a lot from the stories and struggles of iwi.

He said it needed to be a matter of mutual collaboration between the Crown and indigenous groups, with neither side dominating.

Mr Lovett said it was important that Government's understood each tribe and iwi group was different and there was no one-size-fits-all solution to honouring their aspirations.