5 Feb 2024

History of Te Tiriti needs to be better understood says academic

From Morning Report, 7:39 am on 5 February 2024

A leading Māori legal academic says the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi needs to be better understood. 

Many letterboxes throughout the country received copies of Sir Apirana Ngata's explanation of The Treaty of Waitangi, printed and distributed by the right-wing think-tank the New Zealand Centre for Political Research. 

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has brandished copies of Sir Apirana's account on several occasions, including televised election campaign debates last year. 

The lead academic in Māori laws and philosophy programme at Te Wananga o Raukawa, Carwyn Jones, says the discussion about Te Tiriti has moved on over the past century. 

Jones spoke to Corin Dann.