Story: Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state

Māori settlement, Bay of Islands, about 1835

Māori settlement, Bay of Islands, about 1835

Traditional Māori society was governed at a local and tribal level. This was very different from the national and international systems of governance familiar to the British officials who drafted the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, 'Kāwanatanga – Māori engagement with the state - Defining kāwanatanga', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/37431/maori-settlement-bay-of-islands-about-1835 (accessed 26 June 2017)

Story by Paul Meredith and Rawinia Higgins, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 22 Aug 2016