Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Petition to the premier, 1908

Petition to the premier, 1908

Teni Taingakawa reads a petition to Premier Joseph Ward at a hui at Waharoa (near Hamilton) in 1908. Māori from many tribes were present and most were 'firmly convinced that the Waitangi Treaty of 1840 has been violated'. (Evening Post, 19 March 1908, p. 4.) The petition called for the restoration of lands unjustly confiscated in the 1860s. In reply, Ward ‘dispelled any illusions that the Maoris may have held with regard to the provisions of the Treaty of Waitangi and pointed out the futility of their putting all their faith in it.’ (Auckland Weekly News, 26 March 1908, p. 6.)

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Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - Māori responses to the treaty – 1880 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/36367/petition-to-the-premier-1908 (accessed 23 February 2020)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012