What Peter Dey claims, [The Weekend Sun, June 14], is not everybody’s view of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. As usual he quotes Freeman’s flowery rendition of the treaty in English. What the real Treaty and Hobson’s final draft both said is that ‘all the peoples of New Zealand were guaranteed the possession (tino rangatiratanga) of their lands, dwellings and ordinary property (taonga)’. Nowhere are the words “forests, fisheries” or "partnerships" present. The Third Article gives Maori the same rights - no more, no less - than the people of England.
New Zealand is laden with 'fake' history and it is detrimental to our true history that any one culture is trying to suppress the true and brutal history we are descended from.
Maureen Anderson, Pyes Pa