On today’s episode of Justice Matters, co-host Mathias Risse talks with Claire Charters, who was recently named in the role of Rongomau Taketake to lead work on the Te Kāhui Tika Tangata Human Rights Commission in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Charters is a Professor at the University of Auckland Faculty of Law specializing in Indigenous peoples’ rights in international and constitutional law.

Together they discuss her new position on the Commission, the status of Māori representation in government, the right-wing pushback against indigenous rights, the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi and its implications for Māori sovereignty, and the importance of the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.