I have read it over and over - and the Treaty of Waitangi is a simple document - with simple and obvious and straight forward intentions. It emerged out of thirty years of appalling Maori on Maori bloodshed - and Maori on Maori violence with Muskets that touched every Tribe (See Musket Wars) when they slaughtered 20% of their own population - and the Chiefs who instigated the William Yate letter to set the treaty in motion - were the Maori Statesmen of the time to have done that. We should all know their names.
Ruled by the French version of Civilisation - or ruled by the British version.
They decided that the British were the most benign - and chose them.
They ceded sovereignty to the Queen Victoria - and in exchange got British Citizenship - and all the rights - property and civil - that go with that - and with it laws and administration that would help bring peace to their troubled land.
There were no 'principals' - it was a simple agreement - and it saved Maori from themselves - and set the tone for peace among the Tribes. Try to remember New Zealanders - at the time the Treaty was signed Maori outnumbered the British settlers forty to one - and they had guns - so in any conflict with the British they would surely have won.
The Treaty was to help sort out their issues and problems - not ours.
So New Zealand in this modern age has constructed a series of lies - all based on ideology - on which all and everything of our nationhood has been subverted by corrupt lawyers and teachers and media.
Lie number one: Maori life was better before the settlers arrived. It was not. It was primitive cold and nasty - and very violent.
Lie number two: The Treaty of Waitangi was open to interpretation. It was not. It is a very simple document ceding sovereignty to a superior power and the civilisation at large.
Lie number three: Colonisation was bad for Maori. It was not - it was an alternative to tribal Wars and Cannibalism.
Denis Hall describes himself as an old man and an artist - a thinker - a writer - and a commentator. He does what he does - for the love of it.