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This is a second-hand soft-cover book.

Condition: The cover has light surface rubbing, and light wear to the corners; the front cover has an area containing writing indentations. There is a name and date written tidily on the first page. There is a small light stain on the inside front cover, and light browning to the edges of the compressed pages. The rest of the book has no faults.

The dimensions: 150 x 236 mm.
Pages: 329
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 1989 first edition

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Waitangi: Maori & Pakeha Perspectives of the Treaty of Waitangi
Edited by I.H. Kawharu

Only a year or two after its signing, it was described by a New Zealand Company official as 'a praiseworthy device for pacifying the natives at the moment'. But recently the Treaty of Waitangi has begun to be recognized for what it is: a treaty of cession that the President of the Court of Appeal has regarded as a still valid compact of mutual obligation.

But what does the Treaty actually say? What are its guarantees? And have they been honoured by the Crown?

This collection of essays attempts to answer these questions. Those in Part One discuss aspects of the legal and historical significance of the gaining of sovereignty over New Zealand by the Crown. Those in Part Two, on the other hand, are studies of Maori reaction to the guarantees given by the Crown to protect their 'rangatiratanga' – their tribally based heritage and identity.

The Treaty of Waitangi is not merely a piece of history. As this book shows, it is a living social document, a covenant of the relationship between Maori and Pakeha and, perhaps, a blueprint for the future.

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