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Maori did not give up sovereignty

A Treaty expert says he is shocked by parts of a landmark ruling on the Treaty of Waitangi that says Maori did not agree to cede sovereignty over New Zealand.

In a brief statement responding to the report, Attorney General and Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Minister Chris Finlayson said: “There is no question that the Crown has sovereignty in New Zealand. This report doesn’t change that fact.”

The report drew together existing scholarship on the Declaration of Independence and the treaty, with the tribunal noting its report represented continuity rather than dramatic change in current treaty scholarship.

“The tribunal doesn’t reach any conclusion regarding the sovereignty the Crown exercises in New Zealand. Nor does it address the other events considered part of the Crown’s acquisition of sovereignty or how the treaty relationship should operate today,” Finlayson said.

The Government would consider the report as it would any other tribunal report.

Read the report here

Q What does it mean

Stage one of today’s report looked at the “meaning and effect” of the Treaty in February 1840, when the first signings took place in the Bay of Islands and Hokianga.

Stage two will consider events after February 1840.

“Though Britain went into the Treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Maori and Pakeha, it did not explain this to the rangatira,” the tribunal said.

The rangatira consented to the Treaty on the basis that they and the governor were to be equals, each controlling their own people.

How this relationship would work in practice, especially where the Maori and European populations intermingled, was to be negotiated over time on a case by case basis, the tribunal said.

It said nothing about how and when wholesale nhl jerseys china the Crown acquired the sovereignty that it exercises today.

‘SIMPLY NOT TRUE’

The report is being harshly criticised by treaty specialist Professor Paul Moon from the Auckland University of Technology.

“I was shocked by some do the cheap jerseys statements contained in the report,” he said.

“This is not a cheap jerseys concern about some trivial detail, but over the fundamental history of our country, which the tribunal has got manifestly wrong.”

He was concerned by the tribunal’s statement that Britainwent into the treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and thus the power to enforce law over both races.

“This is simply not true, and there is an overwhelming body of evidence which proves precisely the opposite. I cannot understand how the tribunal got this so wrong,” Moon said.

He was also critical of the importance given by the tribunal to the 1835 Declaration of Independence by the Confederation of United Tribes.

“The tribunal sees the declaration as some profound assertion of Maori sovereignty.

The most concerning aspect of the report was the way the tribunal seemed to be re writing history with little apparent regard for evidence, he said.

“This report may serve the interests of some groups, but it distorts New Zealand history in the process, and seriously undermines the tribunal’s credibility.”

A MASSIVE CHEER

Te Tai Tokerau MP Kelvin Davis said there was a massive cheer at the presentation of the report in Waitangi, when the finding that rangatira wholesale jerseys who signed the treaty had not ceded sovereignty was read out.Articles Connexes´╝Ü

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