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‘All the Rights and Privileges of British Subjects’: Māori and Citizenship in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Carwyn Jones
  • Craig Linkhorn
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Part of the Politics of Citizenship and Migration book series (POCM)

Abstract

Article 3 of the Treaty of Waitangi, signed by Māori leaders and the British Crown in 1840, stated that Māori would enjoy ‘all the rights and privileges of British subjects.’ This new citizenship of a British colony was laid over the top of Māori forms of social organisation and understandings of nationhood and citizenship. The New Zealand state has struggled to come to terms with Indigenous forms of citizenship and over time has changed its approach to Māori citizenship to try to address this. This essay considers the nature of Māori citizenship today in the era of Treaty of Waitangi settlements, exploring how citizenship in this period of transitional justice is informed by political, social, and justice dimensions of conceptions of Māori citizenship over time.

Keywords

Treaty of Waitangi Māori Citizenship Indigeneity Transitional Justice 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carwyn Jones
    • 1
  • Craig Linkhorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of LawVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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