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The Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi

The treaty signed at Waitangi on 6 February 1840 was an agreement between the British Crown and Māori chiefs. It paved the way for British immigration to New Zealand and for a national government to be established. It also guaranteed Māori rights and privileges. New Zealand’s bicultural society is based on the treaty, which also gives the political system its legitimacy.

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John Wilson, 'Nation and government - The origins of nationhood', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2024)

Story by John Wilson, updated 1 Sep 2016