Tag: Treaty of Waitangi

Rātana’s London mission

“Ratana had publicly committed himself to a political programme for the first time in a speech at Ratana Pā during the Christmas hui of 1923. He would go to London and take with him the Bible and the Treaty of Waitangi, symbolic of the spiritual and social sides of his mission.” — Keith Newman in ‘Ratana: The Prophet’.

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Why did Māori leaders sign Te Tiriti?

“Māori expected Te Tiriti to be the start of a new relationship with Britain — one in which they would have an equal role. They expected that the kāwanatanga of the first article would enable officials in New Zealand to control troublesome Europeans.” — Claudia Orange.

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What if the Treaty had been honoured?

“’You will honourably and scrupulously fulfil the conditions of the Treaty of Waitangi . . .’” — Lord Stanley, the Colonial Secretary in London, to Governor George Grey in New Zealand, after Grey asked him how far he had to abide by the Treaty.

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Rangatiratanga and immigration

“Just as there is no transfer of tino rangatiratanga, there’s nothing in Te Tiriti that would prevent hapū Māori from controlling their own borders, from directing their own foreign policy, or from entering into new international treaties.” — Dr Arama Rata.

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Claudia Orange and the Treaty

“We need to acknowledge that this is a partnership that we can move further forward — and that there still needs to be an open-mindedness in government, and in the public at large.” — Claudia Orange.

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Claudia Orange: Questions of sovereignty

“The early plans for a British colony envisaged a Māori New Zealand in which settlers would somehow be accommodated,” writes Claudia Orange. But, by 1840, there’d been a shift in thinking, reflecting “reluctant official acknowledgement that the tide of British colonisation could not be held back forever”.

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