This year marks the tenth anniversary of the signing of the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu on Economic Cooperation. ANZTEC, with its 19th chapter, "Cooperation on Indigenous Issues," is the world's first trade agreement to incorporate indigenous cooperation topics into a dedicated chapter. To commemorate the fruitful achievements of the Taiwan-New Zealand indigenous partnership over the past decade, Tamati Olsen, Minister of Policy Partnership, led a delegation to Taiwan to participate in various conference activities. The Council of Indigenous People (CIP) also organized a conference to review the ten-year milestone and discuss future prospects. From September 9th to 11th, the delegation will visit the indigenous communities to exchange knowledge on renewable energy industries.
Minister Icyang, Parod of the CIP, mentioned that the "Cooperation on Indigenous Issues" was jointly promoted by the CIP and the New Zealand Ministry of Māori Development. It serves as a bilateral inter-ministerial platform for cooperation and exchange. Over the years, significant achievements have been made in various fields such as reconciliation policies, indigenous languages and cultures, tourism, and traditional sports. Notably, with New Zealand's recommendation, Taiwan secured the hosting rights for the "3rd World Indigenous Tourism Summit" in 2024.
Minister Icyang further pointed out that Taiwan's indigenous people and New Zealand's Māori share a common heritage as both belong to the Austronesian family. Scholarly research indicates that the ancestors of the Māori people began their southward migration from Taiwan, crossing the seas to reach New Zealand. Based on this profound connection within the Austronesian family, the CIP will host the "2023 Forum on the Revitalization of the Austronesian Languages" on September 12th in cooperation with the New Zealand delegation to Taiwan. It’ll mark the first substantive exchange of indigenous language policies among Taiwan, New Zealand, and Canada.