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The Land Is Our HistoryIndigeneity, Law, and the Settler State$
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Miranda Johnson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190600020

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600020.001.0001

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Making a “Partnership between Races”

Making a “Partnership between Races”

Maori activism and the Treaty of Waitangi

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(p.107) 5 Making a “Partnership between Races”
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The Land Is Our History
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Miranda Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190600020.003.0006

Chapter 5 takes the story of indigenous activism to New Zealand where it chronicles how Maori activists contested the terms of their incorporation into a symbolic national story. Beginning with protests against the interpretation of the colonial Treaty of Waitangi (1840) as making one people in the settler state, it follows young activists as they joined with older leaders to demand land rights and asserted their distinct identity. The chapter explores the significant reinterpretation of the treaty as recognizing Maori sovereignty in the context of a newly created commission of inquiry, the Waitangi Tribunal, established in 1975 to examine Maori grievances. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the 1987 Lands Case in the context of radical neoliberal reforms to New Zealand’s economy and considers how and why judges in that case recognized Maori as partners with the Crown.

Keywords:   Treaty of Waitangi, Maori activism, Waitangi Tribunal, Eddie Durie, Rogernomics, biculturalism, Maori sovereignty, rangatiratanga, partnership, Lands Case

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