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Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s

Robert J Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt and Tracey Lindberg

in Discovering Indigenous Lands

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199579815
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594465 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.003.0008
Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s

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This chapter focuses on the assertion of the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa/New Zealand. First discovered by Maori, Aotearoa/New Zealand had been their home for hundreds of years before the British began to visit and eventually claim sovereignty of the lands via a treaty of cession that was steeped in a Discovery mindset. The chapter discusses the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and traverses the early case law.

Keywords: Maori; Treaty of Waitangi; Aotearoa; sovereignty; Native Land Acts; terra nullius; New Zealand

Chapter.  10614 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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