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By David V. Williams

When the recent Zealand ultimate courtroom governed on Wi Parata v the Bishop of Wellington in 1877, the judges infamously brushed aside the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi. in past times 25 years, judges, attorneys, and commentators have castigated this “simple nullity” view of the treaty. The notorious case has been noticeable as symbolic of the forget of Maori rights by means of settlers, the govt., and New Zealand legislations. during this ebook, the Wi Parata case—the protagonists, the origins of the dispute, the years of felony again and forth—is given a clean look, affording new insights into either Maori-Pakeha family within the nineteenth century and the felony place of the treaty. As correct this present day as they have been on the time of the case ruling, arguments concerning the position of Indigenous Maori and Pakeha settlers in New Zealand are delivered to light.

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In addition, there were important pa sites on Kapiti Island (where Te Rauparaha was based in the 1820s and 1830s), at Waikanae (Parata’s own residence), and in the South Island. Otaki (where Te Rauparaha lived after being released from detention in 1848 and where he was buried in 1849) was probably the main tribal centre for both Ngati Toa and Ngati Raukawa by the late 1840s. The Ngati Toa letters of 1848 and 1849 about the Whitireia gift were sent from hui held at Otaki. Thus, numerous pa could stake stronger claims to being the ‘principal pah’ of Ngati Toa than any deserted sites on Whitireia.

Public protests by radicals such as the Waitangi Action Committee and the Orakei Maori Action Committee in the 1970s and 1980s created the political space and public opinion climate change that allowed Anglican traditionalists such as Sir Graham Latimer and Sir Hugh Kawharu to negotiate Treaty settlements with the Crown in later decades. This book is dedicated to the leaders of both approaches in the historically loyalist tribe of Ngati Whatua with whom I have worked for several decades – participating myself, incidentally, in both approaches at different times.

Whitireia Controversy concerning the spelling of the name of the self-proclaimed ‘River City’ at the mouth of the Whanganui River has generated considerable heat, but little light, in recent years. As an old boy of Wanganui Collegiate School, I had long been aware that the board administering that school 45 a simple nullity? was the Whanganui College Board of Trustees. The spelling controversy reached a crescendo in 2009 when the New Zealand Geographic Board recommended that the official spelling of the district’s name be changed to Whanganui.

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