Pull the other one

The Northland Age - - Opinion -

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

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