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

Tainui v Coalcorp, 1989

Tainui v Coalcorp, 1989

An elder of Tainui addresses the Court of Appeal in Wellington in 1989, during a case concerning the state-owned mining company Coalcorp. The government planned to sell Coalcorp, which mined coal at Huntly in Waikato. About 1,000 Tainui people travelled to the court by special train to support their iwi in its opposition to the sale. The judge, Robin Cooke, found that the principles of te Tiriti o Waitangi required treaty partners – the Crown and Māori – to make a genuine effort to reach an agreement. The sale of Coalcorp was stopped, and in 1995 Tainui entered direct negotiations with the government on its treaty claims, including claims to coal resources.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1989/3161/14
Photograph by Ross Giblin

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Janine Hayward, 'Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi – ngā mātāpono o te Tiriti o Waitangi - Treaty principles developed by courts', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Janine Hayward, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 16 Jan 2023 with assistance from Janine Hayward