Early reports issued by the Waitangi Tribunal helped to ensure legal recognition of the Treaty of Waitangi by offering a general meaning of the treaty based on relationships and procedural fairness. The Motunui–Waitara report (1983) was the first of four reports issued by 1986 to contain a discussion of the meaning of the treaty.
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Reference: Waitangi Tribunal, Report of the Waitangi Tribunal on the Motunui-Waitara claim (Wai 6). Wellington: Brooker’s, 1989.
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