Over the following weeks and months I’m going to offer snippets from my book Guilty as Charged?.
Here’s a good one to get the ball rolling. Most New Zealanders think that the Treaty of Waitangi is unique—i.e. there is no other similar document between a colonial power and an indigenous people. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Not only was treaty making quite common place in 19th-century European colonial policy—it was actually the norm! In fact, Australia is virtually unique in not having a treaty.
And if that isn’t enough, many of the key phrases found in the (English version of) the Treaty of Waitangi were also used in other treaties as well!!
So is there anything unique about the Treaty of Waitangi?
Find out in Section 7.1…
(Section 7.1 is one of the free sample chapters available by signing up at the top right of this page).