Race Relations in Imperial New Zealand

Mary-Kim Arnold'93 (English 34 1993)

Given the stated purpose behind British intervention -- the provision of impartial protection for both races -- the question arose as to the legitimate rights of settlers and Maoris with regard to the land. Presumably, the Maoris were to be protected in their ownership while the settlers obtained enough land for settlement. Both of these aims were addressed in the second article of the Treaty of Waitangi, which guranteed protection for Maori lands and also gave the New Zealand Government the sole right to purchase those lands.

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