The Treaty Of Waitangi Has Served New Zealand Well Tiriti o Waitangi

The Treaty Of Waitangi Has Served New Zealand Well

Tiriti o Waitangi, also known as The Treaty of Waitangi, was a great endeavour to put both Maori and British fueds to an end. I agree that The Treaty Of Waitangi has served New Zealand well because, since it was established, peace has been kept amongst us. Over seventy eight years ago, it started its journey across New Zealand in search for Rangatira , (maori chiefs) signature of approval.

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On the 6th of February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and M?ori rangatira, signed The Treaty of Waitangi for the greater of good. The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s founding document. It’s name is from the place it originated, Waitangi. The Treaty is an official agreement between M?ori and English, that was created by the British Crown and approximately 550 M?ori chiefs. This day is now a public holiday in New Zealand, which New Zealanders, including myself, use to celebrate and commemorate The Treaty of Waitangi. The reason the Treaty was created, was to allow the British and the M?ori people to live together in New Zealand, all of them abiding by a set of laws which everyone understood and respected. If this treaty was not introduced to New Zealand, I believe that Aotearoa, New Zealand would be a very different, uncivilised place. Thankfully, it was, so I am proud to say that I am from New Zealand.

Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi included Partnership, Participation and Protection. Partnership; interactions between the treaty partners must be based on mutual good faith, cooperation, tolerance, honesty and respect. Participation; this principle requires regular and equal participation between the parties. Protection; government must protect whakapapa (ancestors) and cultural practices, including customs and language. In my opinion, these principles make the agreement very clear, giving representatives a strong understanding about what the outline of the Treaty is and what they should expect if they should or should not sign the document. These principles were made to support the treaty, and they have done that and more. It is now the 21st century, where to some these are powerful and necessary laws, and to others, spiritual guidelines. Either way these principles are loved and honoured by all who know of them.
In the process of the signing of the Treaty, many versions were created. In total, there are nine versions, including the original signed in 1840. Out of the nine, only one is written in English. The overall structure of each document is similar, but the wording differs slightly in places. The reason that views on the Treaty are different, are because individuals interpreted the meanings differently, causing some to think that the Treaty would not be in their favour. I personally, can understand why this happened and think that if there was just one copy that travelled with a translator, and was explained thoroughly, would make a substantial difference.
I believe that The Treaty of Waitangi has served New Zealand well because peace has been kept amongst us for 177 years. Over this time the government has grown stronger, ensuring all New Zealand schools teach Te Reo Maori to their students as it is an official language of Aotearoa New Zealand. While the treaty was being constructed, some people had different views and opinions on it. Some Maori rangatira were not prepared to adjust their importance or leadership approach, while others could not understand the reasoning behind the treaty, and how it would be necessary. If it had not been created, then I believe New Zealand would be uncivilised and look down on by all, therefore I truly believe that Tiriti o Waitangi was a phenomenal thought, with a motion powerful enough to be made a reality.
Kate Lumsden

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