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Negotiating History: Crown Apologies in Historical Treaty of Waitangi Settlements

Hickey, Maureen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2007) In Gabrielle Maxwell and James H. Liu, ed., Restorative Justice and Practices in New Zealand: Towards a Restorative Society. Wellington, NZ: Institute of Policy Studies, Pp. 221-234.

“This chapter argues (by looking at both the broad negotiation framework and the apology redress component of settlement negotiations) that although the resolution of historical Treaty grievances in New Zealand is commonly termed “settlement’, the established settlement framework and negotiation process have strong elements of a restorative justice approach. The result is a ‘reparation’ model that aims to achieve some level of reconciliation between the Crown and Maori, and the descendants of settlers and tangata whenua. Reconciliation, and the building of a strong, ongoing relationship between the Crown and Maori, has been a key driver for New Zealand governments in setting up and continuing the historical Treaty settlement processes.” (Abstract)


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