Treaty of Waitangi

treaty signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and various Māori chiefs from the North Island of New Zealand (the Māori language version is the document)

The Treaty of Waitangi, Māori: te Tiriti o Waitangi, was a treaty that was signed on 6 February 1840 at Waitangi, New Zealand. It was signed by European settlers and by Māori chiefs. It is widely considered to be a founding document of New Zealand.[1] The Treaty of Waitangi marked the start of the official domination of New Zealand by Great Britain.[2] The legal status and modern relevance of the treaty has been at a disagreement for a long time. [2] The day on which the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, 6 February, is the National Day of New Zealand.[3]

Treaty of Waitangi

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  1. The Democracy Sourcebook, eds. Robert Alan Dahl; Ian Shapiro; José Antônio Cheibub, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003), p. 242, n. 70
  2. 2.0 2.1 A. H. Angelo, Constitutional Law in New Zealand (Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International; Frederick, MD: Aspen Publishers, 2011.), p. 16
  3. "Waitangi Day". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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