Links relating to Māori and the Magna Carta

Magna Carta, human rights, and the Treaty of Waitangi today

Dr Carwyn Jones from Ngati Kahungunu and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, a senior law lecturer at Victoria University, National Librarylooks at how the originally very local document known as the Magna Carta went on to influence subsequent legislation in many countries including international agreements such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. He also looks at how the Treaty of Waitangi is linked to those international agreements and the fundamental notion of equality before law that is the most enduring legacy of the Magna Carta. Click here to view, or listen to the audio.

Treaty links to Magna Carta explored

Dr Carwyn Jones from Ngati Kahungunu and Te Aitanga-a-Mahaki, a senior law lecturer at Victoria University, talks to Radio Waatea about the importance of the Magna Carta and Treaty of Waitangi. Click here to listen.

Radio NZ: The Māori Magna Carta

In this six minute interview Paul McHugh talks with Elizabeth Alley for Anthology about his book ‘The Māori Magna Carta: New Zealand law and the Treaty of Waitangi.’ Originally broadcast 1991. You can listen here.

Do Maori rights really discriminate against non-Maori?

In this 20 page article Law academic Claire Charters argues that that from a contextual, comparative and theoretical standpoint Māori rights do not discriminate against non-Māori and to suggest that they do so will only increase Māori’s detachment from the New Zealand polity. You can access it here.

Gareth Morgan: Special privileges for Maori replace doing the right thing

In this opinion piece, Gareth Morgan argues against instituting Maori wards on local councils as representation is not the issue, rather local government needs to do better in meeting the obligations of the Treaty of Waitangi. You can read it here.

Te Ara Encyclopaedia of New Zealand: Law of the foreshore and seabed

In this entry the history and controversy surrounding the ownership of the foreshore and seabed in NZ is detailed, as well as the current status of the law. You can read it here.

New Zealand History: Treaty of Waitangi

A great amount of information of the history of one of NZ’s important founding documents is available on this site.

United Nations: The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP)

The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007. It provides a set of international human rights standards that apply to the Treaty of Waitangi.You can read it here.


Te Puni Kokiri (Ministry of Maori Development)

United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues

Waitangi 175 – Ministry of Culture and Heritage

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