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Littlewood Treaty

By Gary R, in , posted: 23-Mar-2007 09:56

An interesting read about the true first inhabitants of New Zealand

Fact? Not sure but an interesting read anyway.

Or how about the real treaty also referred to as the 'Littlewood Treaty'.

Article 2 is very different from the Treaty as we are taught it:

Littlewood article 2:

The Queen of England confirms and guarantees to the chiefs & tribes and to all the people of New Zealand the possession of their lands, dwellings and all their property. But the chiefs of the Confederation and the other chiefs grant to the chiefs Queen, the exclusive right of purchasing such land as the proprietors thereof may be disposed to sell at such prices as shall be agreed upon between them and the persons appointed by the Queen to purchase from them.

The Treaty as we know it article 2:

Her Majesty the Queen of England confirms and guarantees to the Chiefs and Tribes of New Zealand and to the respective families and individuals thereof the full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their Lands and Estates Forests Fisheries and other properties which they may collectively or individually possess so long as it is their wish and desire to retain the same in their possession

I can understand why the 'Littlewood' Treaty would not be considered popular but I have always wondered why our English forbears would draft a treaty that excludes anyone other than Maori from the 'full exclusive and undisturbed possession of their lands'. After all the English were very experienced at the art of conquering.

Obviously our country has changed a lot since the treaty was drafted. In my own opinion the 'Littlewood' Treaty seems a more appropriate agreement for a 21st century New Zealand that has a diverse culture of many different peoples. But then as a 'European' what would I know.

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Comment by Brenda, on 24-Mar-2007 11:33

because they very very nearly lost a war to those tribes.

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