Kai Sovereignty

Kai sovereignty is the freedom and responsibility of Tangata Whenua to protect their ancestral food systems, to protect the cultural knowledge, practices and ceremonies associated with the production, distribution, and consumption of food. 

Māori have the right to access, manage, share, and produce safe and nourishing food for their communities. Kai sovereignty has been practiced by our tūpuna for generations.

Te Pāti Māori will:

  • Honour WAI262 and reject the research and commercialisation of indigenous plant species that is done without whānau, hapū and iwi consent
  • Support Māori kai licensing and trademarks to protect the whakapapa of our heritage seed and intellectual property rights
  • Develop a Māori Seed Conservation Strategy
  • Oppose the introduction of GE food
  • Establish independent Māori Kai Sovereignty Board with statutory powers to oversee kai sovereignty and justice
  • Set up a $15m per annum contestable Community Kai fund for home garden set up, marae maara kai and Māori and community-led food farms at scale
  • Work with councils to set aside more land for urban and rural food farms
  • Set up Crown-funded kai sovereignty scholarships for rangatahi to pursue food sciences, marine biology, and primary industry skills
  • Invest additional $100m into our proposed Mātai Ahuwhenua agricultural innovation fund to support small-scale and diversified pāmu/whenua blocks that prioritise regenerative and organic practices, and local consumption
  • Fund regenerative and organic farming training and technical programmes
  • Secure land and funding to enable Māori collectives to set up supermarket chains
  • Protect the rights of whānau to sell kai on the side of the road without being interfered with or taxed