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Our leaders’ soul searching over sovereignty

If you’re scratching your head over the latest war of words between Andrew Little and John Key, you’re not the only one. Both have been talking about Maori sovereignty, and the implications of the Waitangi Tribunal’s decision that the Northern tribes did not cede sovereignty (supreme authority) when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi. If […]

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Gareth Morgan’s Ratana Speech.

Kia ora koutou, My name as some of you will know is Gareth Morgan, I was born and raised in Putaruru in the South Waikato by my mother and father. My Father was Roderic Morgan and my mother Mary Morgan who both came from Cardiff, in Wales. My wife is Joanne Morgan and together we […]

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Co-operation needed to deliver rangatiratanga fairly

So far we’ve identified the achievements of the Treaty settlement and reconciliation process, and flagged that the process is now being pushedbeyond the point of being useful. Let’s turn to how important Maori aspirations can be addressed more effectively and sustainably than the current Waitangi Tribunal process will manage. We’re clear the conversation about Maori […]

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We need a fresh look at the Treaty of Waitangi

Treaty justice triumph of commonsense

Much has been achieved since the renaissance of the Treaty of Waitangi began in 1975. That should be celebrated. The Treaty – as represented by the original versions of 1840 and all the efforts to modernise its meaning since – describes the relationship between Maori, as the indigenous ethnic group, and all other New Zealanders […]

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