29 November 2017
Sir William Gallagher is woefully ill-informed about the Treaty of Waitangi, notable academics say.
University of Auckland professor Dame Anne Salmond, one of the country’s most distinguished historians, said, “If you haven’t taken the trouble to get a balanced view, your views aren’t worth a lot. We need to stop having double standards, and stop allowing people who really don’t know much to be given some sort of credence, because the fact they claim the authority on such matters is worrying.”
Maori didn’t cede sovereignty (Sic. Stuff can’t even spell the word correctly)
As with any contract, it’s the signed version of the Treaty of Waitangi that counts, Dame Anne said. There is no questioning the legitimacy of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed and marked with moko, and since validated by scholars.
The Maori version of the Treaty of Waitangi was the most important for understanding the contract, as the agreement was debated in Maori, Dame Anne said.
It shows Maori did not cede sovereignty, but instead agreed to a gift exchange: kawanatanga for tino rangatiratanga.
“Kawanatanga was given to the Queen, and that was very clearly the right to have a governor, but a governor was not the same as a sovereign. The chiefs were granted tino rangatiratanga too, and those are the absolute powers of a chief.
“Working out how those things balance out, and how they’ve balanced out over time, is really what we’re dealing with in discussions around the Treaty.”
National co-ordinator for education program Tangata Tirirti, Dr Ingrid Huygens, said it was ignorance that put Sir William so wrong.
“The 2014 Waitangi Tribunal found Maori did not give up sovereignty, in Te Tiriti, the Maori text.
“I’m guessing that William Gallagher will only ever have read the English version of the Treaty, which does say that Maori hereby cede sovereignty. But Te Tiriti o Waitangi doesn’t say that, in fact it affirms that Maori retain their rangatiratanga.”
Guesswork is what it’s all about! And “double standards” are rife in academia. And ‘notable’ because of their bias and self-imposed, politically-correct ignorance. Is that because of thoroughly well-informed self-interest? Or real ignorance? Neither option is reassuring.
Seemingly – that 100% pro-Maori advocacy group, the racially-biased Waitangi Tribunal – decided in 2014, 174 years after-the-fact, just what the signatories were thinking way back then, when the tangata Maori chiefs signed the Treaty in 1840!