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A simple nullity? : the Wi Parata case in New Zealand law and history / David V. Williams.

By: Williams, David V. (David Vernon).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, N.Z. : Auckland University Press, 2011Description: viii, 287 pages, [4] leaves of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781869404840 (pbk.).Subject(s): Parata, Wiremu (Wiremu Te Karakura) | Hadfield, Octavius, 1814-1904 | Parata, Wiremu | Parata, Wiremu -- Trials, litigation, etc | Hadfield, Octavius, 1814-1904 -- Trials, litigation, etc | Treaty of Waitangi (1840 February 6) | Tiriti o Waitangi | Tino rangatiratanga | Ture whenua | Mana whenua | K䮲ero nehe | Noho-䟭iwi | Maori (New Zealand people) -- Land tenure -- Law and legislation | Kōrero nehe | Noho-a¿¿-iwi | Ko?rero nehe | Ngāti Toa (New Zealand people) -- Land tenure | Noho-ā-iwi | Korero nehe | New Zealand -- Race relations -- History -- 19th centuryDDC classification: z346.0432
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

When the New Zealand Supreme Court ruled on Wi Parata v the Bishop of Wellington in 1877, the judges infamously dismissed the relevance of the Treaty of Waitangi. During the past 25 years, judges, lawyers, and commentators have castigated this "simple nullity" view of the treaty. The infamous case has been seen as symbolic of the neglect of Maori rights by settlers, the government, and New Zealand law. In this book, the Wi Parata case--the protagonists, the origins of the dispute, the years of legal back and forth--is given a fresh look, affording new insights into both Maori-Pakeha relations in the 19th century and the legal position of the treaty. As relevant today as they were at the time of the case ruling, arguments about the place of Indigenous Maori and Pakeha settlers in New Zealand are brought to light.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 260-273) and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. vii)
  • Introduction: The Treaty of Waitangi is 'a simple nullity' (p. 1)
  • Chapter 1 The arrival of Christianity on the Kapiti coast (p. 10)
  • Chapter 2 An 'exemplary haven' in a troubled land (p. 22)
  • Chapter 3 A fraud on the donors? (p. 43)
  • Chapter 4 A gift or a grant? (p. 67)
  • Chapter 5 Why did the Church cling to the gifted land? (p. 94)
  • Chapter 6 'Because of what I heard said at Kohimarama' (p. 118)
  • Chapter 7 In the Supreme Court at Wellington (p. 139)
  • Chapter 8 The long (and continuing) aftermath (p. 175)
  • Chapter 9 Revisionist legal history (p. 199)
  • Chapter 10 Contemporary comments (p. 234)
  • Notes (p. 241)
  • Bibliography (p. 260)
  • Glossary (p. 274)
  • Index (p. 275)