ICA between New Zealand and Australia

Minister for Māori Development and Associate Minister for Trade and Export Growth Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Indigenous Australians, the Hon Ken Wyatt AM, MP signed a collaboration arrangement to deepen the trans-Tasman working relationship on indigenous issues.

It is believed to be the first standalone bilateral arrangement of its kind in the world and aims to promote economic, social and cultural advancement between New Zealand and Australia. The Indigenous Collaboration Arrangement recognises the ancestral and spiritual connections of indigenous peoples to traditional lands and waters and their unique contributions to our nations, cultures and economies.

The two Ministers signed the arrangement during the annual Australia-New Zealand Leaders’ Meeting between Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Prime Minister the Hon Scott Morrison MP in Sydney in February 2020. The partnership is a natural culmination of the close, long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship Aotearoa and Australia have on Indigenous matters.