Thursday, May 05, 2011

Rights and privileges of British subjects

The English translation of Article III of the Maori version of the Treaty of Waitangi says this:
For this agreed arrangement therefore concerning the Government of the Queen, the Queen of England will protect all the ordinary people of New Zealand and will give them the same rights and duties of citizenship as the people of England
.The Maori version states:
Hei wakaritenga mai hoki tenei mo te wakaaetanga ki te Kawanatanga o te Kuini-Ka tiakina e te Kuini o Ingarani nga tangata Maori; katoa o Nu Tirani ka tukua ki a ratou nga tikanga katoa rite tahi ki ana mea ki nga tangata o Ingarani.
Act leader Don Brash, commenting on Article III of the Treaty of Waitangi has said that it is “totally unclear from the Treaty whether Maori have different rights from others."

This year he told the ACT party conference that “Article III of the same Treaty makes it crystal clear that all New Zealanders should have equal rights under the law, with no special privileges… for any race.

So, just to recap, does Brash think Article III is “crystal clear”, or “totally unclear” with regard to Maori privileges and rights under the Treaty of Waitangi?

Also, does Brash believe that having to consider any tikanga apart from Pakeha tikanga is according that group a special privilege?

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Blogger Steve Withers said...

Brash is just one more ignorant racist who sees brown people and forgets the Treaty is actually a very special property agreement....not a racist document at all. The people who owned this place before ceding (some) sovereignty to the Crown retain the property rights assured them in the Treaty. If we had one law, those property rights would have been respected. They have not been.

May 5, 2011 at 4:09 PM  

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