The Digital Economy Partnership Agreement provides opportunities for Māori exporters and businesses, while protecting the rights of Māori.
Opportunities for Māori exporters and businesses
DEPA may provide opportunities to leverage economic cooperation on digital economy issues, and for Māori exporters to benefit from clearer rules on the digital economy.
DEPA provides a platform for enhancing cultural and people-to-people links, including between Indigenous Peoples. This is contained in the Digital Inclusion module of the DEPA.
Protecting Māori interests: Recognising Te Tiriti o Waitangi
The DEPA contains a Treaty of Waitangi exception clause which, combined with other provisions, protects the government’s ability to adopt policies that fulfil its obligations to Māori without being obliged to offer equivalent treatment to our trading partners.