Story: Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – ngā mātāpono o te tiriti

Court of Appeal case, 1987

Court of Appeal case, 1987

Mark Metekingi leads the haka outside the Court of Appeal in Wellington, before a landmark case in 1987. The New Zealand Maori Council appealed against an earlier ruling on a decision by the Crown to transfer Māori land to state-owned enterprises. The court found that the Crown's actions breached the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Its judgement set out the first detailed outline of those principles.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1987/2084/32a

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Janine Hayward, 'Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – ngā mātāpono o te tiriti - Treaty principles developed by courts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 October 2021)

Story by Janine Hayward, published 20 Jun 2012