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The Salvation Army and the Treaty of Waitangi

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The Salvation Army in New Zealand: Bicultural Statement

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) is the foundation of bicultural partnership between Māori and Tauiwi (non-Māori New Zealanders) in Aotearoa New Zealand. This partnership has had a troubled pathway, with complex and often painful histories since the Treaty was signed in 1840.

The Salvation Army is firmly committed to honouring the principles of partnership, protection and participation inherent in Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

  • Partnership: New Zealand was founded on the basis of bicultural partnership. The Salvation Army aims to work together with Māori in all its church and social service settings, involving and supporting each other.
  • Protection: The inequalities that exist between Māori and Tauiwi in New Zealand cause Māori to face considerable challenges and hardships. The Salvation Army strives to see Māori protected from the social and economic causes of inequality so they can achieve the best possible outcomes for themselves in their own land.
  • Participation: The Salvation Army greatly values the many Māori serving within The Salvation Army as church leaders, staff and volunteers. These individuals enrich The Salvation Army as a movement and strengthen its mission.