COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

10:00pm - 11:59pm
Ed Sheeran

Elias gave meaning to treaty principles

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

More Stories

Justice Minister Andrew Little says retiring Supreme Court Chief Justice Dame Sian Elias has made a huge contribution to the restoring the mana of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand’s law and unwritten constitution.

Dame Sian and her successor Justice Helen Winkelmann along with the rest of the judiciary were given a special welcome on to the Treaty Grounds at Waitangi yesterday.

Mr Little says one of her first briefs as a lawyer was representing members of the group He Taua after they had confronted Auckland University Engineering Club members over a disrespectful mock haka.

She also acted for the late Nganeko Minhinnick in the Manukau Claim and for the New Zealand Māori Council in its landmark battles over fisheries and state owned lands.

"As she’s become a judge she has sat on a lot of decisions and advocated for the court system to properly respect the place of the treaty. When Acts of Parliament refer to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, she hasn't thrown up her hands and said 'we don't know what that means so we will ignore it.' She has said 'we have to find a meaning for that,' and she had done a huge amount to give meaning in the modern day to the place of the treaty in our overall constitution," Mr Little says.










Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:

matariki x
Is Christchurch the capital of white racism in New Zealand
Dr Rawiri Taonui: Christchurch has suffered a lot over the past decade with the earthquakes and the white supremacist shooting that killed 51 members of the Muslim community in February of this year.
Taking of children deliberate, horrific and brutal
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: I don’t believe the majority of those arguing about OT fully appreciate how deliberate and horrifically brutal this policy of taking children truly is
Our damaged, racist Prison Industry is the legacy of hate and spite as social policy
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: 32 years after the Roper Report told us that our Prison system wasn't working by jailing and punishing too many, we get another Justice Advisory report once again highlighting our debased prison system as deeply damaging, deeply racist and deeply counter productive.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

10:00pm - 11:59pm