I acknowledge Te Tiriti o Waitingi as the founding document of Aotearoa-NZ, describing a partnership between Iwi Maori and the Crown, giving Maori soverighnty over their lands, people, customs, treasures, and equal rights with other NZ citizens.
I recognise that neither of these committments have been honoured by the Crown, nor by many NZ citizens, over the years, and that Maori have been actively discrimminated against by NZ law and government systems, and exploited by individuals.
I understand that this systematic oppression has served to alientate Maori from their culture and their land and that this loss has contributed to structural disadvantage and collective and individual misery.
As a pakeha I strive not to perpetuate such discrimmination, and to support Iwi Maori in reclaimimg their sovereignty and rightful position as Tangata Whenua of Aotearoa-NZ.
I am aware that all too often I unwittingly fail in this, in large and small ways, as a member of the dominating culture.
The Social Work Bi-cultural Code of Ethics supports me in my practice and personal life to find ways to avoid oppressive practice, and to support the efforts of Tangata Whenua to exercise the sovereignty that is rightfully theirs.