Story: Citizenship

A sovereign Māori nation? (2nd of 2)

A sovereign Māori nation?

In 2000 and 2001 a group calling itself the Māori Government of Aotearoa created a stir by selling citizenship documents and driver’s licences to often unsuspecting recent arrivals in New Zealand. Though the legality of their actions was refuted, they based their right to issue the documents on Māori claims to self-government. The car of their minister of immigration, Dan Davis, is pictured.

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New Zealand Herald
Reference: 17 January 2000
Photograph by Peter Meecham

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David Green, 'Citizenship - Becoming a citizen', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 June 2024)

Story by David Green, published 8 Feb 2005