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Professor Dominic O'Sullivan

Te Rarawa, Ngāti Kahu

Dominic is professor of Political Science at Charles Sturt University and adjunct professor in the Taupua Waiora Centre for Māori Health Research at AUT. Beyond Biculturalism was Dominic’s second book and laid the foundation for his later work on the expression of the universal right to self-determination by First Nations’ peoples in settler liberal societies. His principal interest is in the possibilities that exist within liberal democracy for the development of non-colonial relationships between First Nations’ peoples and the state.

Dominic’s eighth and most recent book - Sharing the Sovereign: Indigenous Peoples, Recognition, Treaties and the State - was published in 2021 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Critical Tiriti Analysis: A mechanism for monitoring the Crown

"The Crown has a long history of directly and indirectly breaching Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

In 2020 Māori and non-Māori scholars developed Critical Tiriti Analysis to assess policy compliance with Te Tiriti. Critical Tiriti Analysis reviews documents against five elements of Te Tiriti – preamble, three written articles and oral article. The process requires orientation to the document; closer examination against the elements; determination against set indicators; suggestions to improve policy; and Māori final assessment.

Critical Tiriti Analysis has been utilised by activists, policy-makers, scholars, and several Crown agencies to inform policy development, evaluation and planning strategies. Public training sessions on Critical Tiriti Analysis are being regularly sold-out. We believe Critical Tiriti Analysis provides direction to practitioners wanting to address social and health inequities and ensure Indigenous engagement, leadership and substantive authority in policy/planning/evaluation processes. It is simple to use and inherently a tool for advancing social justice."

Professor Dominic O'Sullivan
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