Moon defends Hobson from sovereignty slur
|17 Nov 2014 14:12 PM|
An Auckland historian is accusing the Waitangi Tribunal of sloppy history and poor reasoning in its stage one report on Te Paparahi o Te Raki claims.
The tribunal found that Britain went into the Treaty negotiation intending to acquire sovereignty, and therefore the power to make and enforce law over both Maori and Pakeha,.
But it did not explain this to the rangatira who signed the document.
Professor Paul Moon from Auckland University of Technology says the tribunal has ignored British documents from the period immediately before and after the treaty was signed in 1840 that indicate what Britain was asking for was permission to regulate the affairs of Europeans who were starting to settle in the country.
"The tribunal dug itself a hole by saying that was the British plan, they haven’t got any evidence so they have to dig another hole by saying Hobson lied and cheated and deceived his way through, and the problem there is they have got the history wrong and they are defaming a dead person who hasn’t got anyone to stand up and represent him, so you’ve got to be very careful when you do these kinds of things, and I think the tribunal has been less than careful," he says.
Professor Moon says by fumbling the history, the tribunal missed the opportunity to make an even stronger case that Maori did not give up their sovereignty by signing the treaty.
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