The Treaty on the Ground: Where We are Headed, and Why it Matters
Rachael Bell, Margaret Kawharu, Kerry Taylor, Michael Belgrave and Peter Meihana (eds)
Massey University Press, $40.00,
New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law
Victoria University Press, $50.00,
Over 175 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, the publication of two books on the Treaty offer an opportunity to check-in and assess the shape of the Treaty and the Crown-Māori relationship in contemporary New Zealand. Both The Treaty on the Ground: Where We are Headed, and Why it Matters and New Treaty, New Tradition: Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law demonstrate that there are still new ways of looking at the Treaty, fresh perspectives to be explored and considered. There remains a need for ongoing, meaningful commitment to the Treaty, and for new conversations about its status, its implications, and its continuing significance for all in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
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