Pull the other one
KTJ Howearth (letters February 20) comes across as an apologist and treatyist sympathiser, confusing alleged Treaty breaches (if any) with the ambiguity issues surrounding the treaty created by fabricators of new zealand history. Time for another factual history lesson.
The Tiriti o Waitangi Maori version is the only legitimate Treaty indisputably translated from the final English Littlewood draft. The Treaty contains a short preamble and three simple articles, whereby chiefs ceded sovereignty, all Kiwis’ property rights were guaranteed and British citizenship granted — all spelled out in very plain English.
It was a benign document, easy for everyone to live with, but it no longer has any relevance as it’s way past the use-by date. Certainly no mention of partnerships or principles of the Treaty; that was left to latter-day idiot magnets to concoct.
The main Maori ‘tribal’ uprisings took place between 1863-1867. Some lands were