David V. Williams's A Simple Nullity?: The Wi Parata Case in New Zealand Law and PDF

By David V. Williams

ISBN-10: 186940484X

ISBN-13: 9781869404840

David V. Williams takes a clean examine the infamous Wi Parata case - the protagonists, the origins of the dispute, the years of felony from side to side - affording new insights into either Maori-Pakeha kin within the 19th century and the criminal place of the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1877, the recent Zealand preferrred court docket made up our minds a case, Wi Parata v Bishop of Wellington, that targeted at the possession and use of the Whitireia Block, close to Porirua. Ngati Toa had given this land to the Anglican Church for a school that was once by no means equipped. during refusing to inquire into the possession of the block, the judges brushed off the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi: 'So a ways certainly as that software speculated to cede the sovereignty - a question with which we aren't without delay involved - it needs to be considered as an easy nullity.' over the last twenty-five years, judges, attorneys and commentators have castigated this 'simple nullity' view of the Treaty. The 'infamous' case has been obvious as symbolic of the overlook of Maori rights through settlers, govt and the legislation in New Zealand. The authentic history to the Wi Parata case, Williams argues, tells us a lot approximately nineteenth-century Maori appearing as they concept most sensible for his or her humans and approximately debates in Pakeha jurisprudence over the popularity or rejection of widely used Maori rights. in the back of the plain dismissal of the Treaty as a 'simple nullity' lay deep arguments concerning the position of Maori and Pakeha in Aotearoa New Zealand. these arguments are as suitable now as they have been then

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