New Zealand doctors and health workers (both Māori and European) who are losing their professional registration for 1) speaking out for vaccine choice or 2) refusing to be vaccinated now have the option of applying for registration through the Whakaminenga Health Council (WHC). The latter is based on Articles 1,2, of the 1835 Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni and Articles 2 and 3 of the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, asserting that mana (authority) and sovereign power in New Zealand reside fully with Māori
The goal of WHC is to form a caring community-based network of duly qualified health practitioners who share its values and its commitments. Practitioners shall be immune from prosecution or censure by any authority, person, or entity, insofar as they are acting within the above stated principles, laws, and precepts in the context of their acknowledged skill set that has been vetted by the Wakaminenga Health Council (WHC) as part of their registration. The Wakaminenga Health Council shall be the sole authority to which their health practitioners are accountable.
The WHC is constituted under Tikanga Māori law and operates under Māori jurisdiction. Under the principle of first in time, first in law, Tikanga Māori law has precedence over NZ law. The NZ government recognizes Māori law as one of the two streams of law in New Zealand: “The Supreme Court has just reminded us that our law is indeed sourced in two streams and that the legal profession ought to be prepared to engage with Māori law…” (Sept.2020) https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/news/lawtalk/lawtalk-issue-943/tikanga-maori-in-nz-common-law/.
More recently the New Zealand Supreme Court stated:
“Tikanga is applicable law, and there is no negotiation of that reality. Recognising and respecting tikanga, says the court, is part of the Crown’s obligation to give effect to the principles of the Treaty.
Registration with the WHC is only available for qualified health professionals who have first registered and been accepted by the Māori government of Aotearoa Nu Tireni. Registration with the Māori government of Aotearoa Nu Tireni is open to New Zealand citizens of good character who seek to fully support Māori and agree to sign an oath provided as part of the registration process.