Treaty of Waitangi

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Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi, Māori: te Tiriti o Waitangi, was a treaty that was signed on 6 February 1840 at Waitangi, New Zealand. It was signed by European settlers and by Māori chiefs. It is widely considered to be a founding document of New Zealand.[1] The Treaty of Waitangi marked the start of the official domination of New Zealand by Great Britain.[2] The legal status and modern relevance of the treaty has been at a disagreement for a long time. [2] The day on which the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, 6 February, is the National Day of New Zealand.[3]

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  1. The Democracy Sourcebook, eds. Robert Alan Dahl; Ian Shapiro; José Antônio Cheibub, (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2003), p. 242, n. 70
  2. 2.0 2.1 A. H. Angelo, Constitutional Law in New Zealand (Alphen aan den Rijn, The Netherlands: Kluwer Law International; Frederick, MD: Aspen Publishers, 2011.), p. 16
  3. "Waitangi Day". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. 5 August 2014. Retrieved 17 December 2014.

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