The Māori seats in New Zealand's Parliament were created by this 1867 act. It was passed during a period of warfare between the government and several North Island Māori tribes, and was seen as a way to reduce conflict between the races in future. However, the new seats gave Māori far less representation in Parliament than the general seats gave Europeans, and well into the 20th century Māori suffered from official neglect.
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Reference: New Zealand Statutes, 1867, pp. 491-493
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