The Treaty of Waitangi: Narrative, Tension, Constitutional Reform

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Show simple item record Willis, Edward en 2019-10-21T22:38:46Z en 2019 en
dc.identifier.issn 1173-5864 en
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dc.description.abstract The Treaty of Waitangi is New Zealand’s most important constitutional document. This article contends that part of its constitutional importance lies in its ability to sustain conflicting and contradictory narratives about the legitimacy of New Zealand’s legal and political system. These duelling narratives are ever‑present in attempts to determine the Treaty’s contemporary legal effect and political salience, and are by and large accommodated by New Zealand’s unwritten constitutional structure. Calls for New Zealand to adopt a written constitution fail to account for the Treaty’s inherently ambiguous and unsettled constitutional status, ultimately preferring and entrenching one narrative over another. The article argues that such proposals for reform are misconceived unless they draw on lessons from our current unwritten constitutional practice. en
dc.publisher Legal Research Foundation en
dc.relation.ispartofseries New Zealand Law Review en
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dc.title The Treaty of Waitangi: Narrative, Tension, Constitutional Reform en
dc.type Journal Article en
pubs.issue 2 en
pubs.begin-page 185 en
pubs.volume 2019 en
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en en
pubs.end-page 214 en
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pubs.subtype Article en
pubs.elements-id 783975 en Law en Faculty Administration Law en
pubs.record-created-at-source-date 2019-10-10 en

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