Waitangi Tribunal Report on Orakei (extract)

The full report is available here (pdf).

Paora Tuhaere canoe Taheretikitiki on the Waitemata Harbour in 1890

(pic: Paora Tuhaere canoe Taheretikitiki on the Waitemata Harbour in 1890)

This is from the summary:

The Maori people there were first to promote British settlement following the Treaty of Waitangi. They moved to protect the settlers from threatened attacks on the new town of Auckland and rallied support for the Crown when New Zealand was on the brink of civil warfare.

They led some of the earliest pan-tribal conferences that rank high in Maori history. They developed and through all adversity main­tained a policy of respect for law, order and due process.

Yet it was this group of Maori people who suffered at the hands of the Crown one of the worst cases of cultural genocide this country has known.

The story of Orakei gives sharp relief to the same problems that beset other people in other places and covers national policy from 1840 to the present day.

For Orakei is a microcosm of the country …

A history is available here.

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