By David V. Williams

David V. Williams takes a clean examine the infamous Wi Parata case - the protagonists, the origins of the dispute, the years of felony backward and forward - affording new insights into either Maori-Pakeha family members within the 19th century and the criminal place of the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1877, the hot Zealand superb court docket made up our minds a case, Wi Parata v Bishop of Wellington, that targeted at the possession and use of the Whitireia Block, close to Porirua. Ngati Toa had given this land to the Anglican Church for a school that was once by no means equipped. during refusing to inquire into the possession of the block, the judges brushed off the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi: 'So a long way certainly as that device speculated to cede the sovereignty - a question with which we're not at once involved - it needs to be considered as an easy nullity.' over the last twenty-five years, judges, attorneys and commentators have castigated this 'simple nullity' view of the Treaty. The 'infamous' case has been visible as symbolic of the forget of Maori rights by means of settlers, executive and the legislations in New Zealand. The genuine historical past to the Wi Parata case, Williams argues, tells us a lot approximately nineteenth-century Maori performing as they suggestion most sensible for his or her humans and approximately debates in Pakeha jurisprudence over the popularity or rejection of regularly occurring Maori rights. in the back of the obvious dismissal of the Treaty as a 'simple nullity' lay deep arguments concerning the position of Maori and Pakeha in Aotearoa New Zealand. these arguments are as proper now as they have been then

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