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‘Henry Williams, James Busby, He Whakaputanga, me te Tiriti’, Waitangi Tribunal commissioned report, Northland Inquiry, 2010.
This report was prepared for the Waitangi Tribunal’s Te Raki/ Northland inquiry. It explores Henry Williams’ and James Busby’s understandings of the Declaration 1835 and Treaty 1840. It argues, among other things, that Henry Williams saw the Treaty of Waitangi as protecting Māori rangatiratanga and mana while allowing the British Crown to provide civil governance for the country.
‘A praiseworthy device for amusing and pacifying savages?:
What the framers meant by the English text of the Treaty of Waitangi’, Ph.D. thesis, University of Auckland, 2014.
This thesis addresses the meaning of the English text of the Treaty of Waitangi to those who had a hand in framing it.
Evidence presented to Waitangi Tribunal, Northland Inquiry, 2010.
Distinguished kaumatua, Rima Edwards, presented a Ngāpuhi view of te Tiriti o Waitangi in the stage one Northland hearings.
‘Te Papa: Naboth’s Vineyard? Towards Reconciliation in Tauranga Moana’, 2018.
The Te Papa Report paved the way for the Apology by the Anglican Church of Aotearoa New Zealand in December 2018 to the hapū of Tauranga Moana for the betrayal of trust and the alienation of land by the CMS mission.
‘Reconciliation and the Quest for Pākehā Identity in Aotearoa
New Zealand’, Ph.D. thesis, University of Auckland, 2013.
This thesis posits te Tiriti o Waitangi as a pathway towards reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā as well as a foundation for Pākehā identity.
‘History, Law and Land: The Languages of Native Policy in New Zealand’s General Assembly, 1858-62’, M.A. thesis, Massey University, 2008.
This thesis explores the languages of Native policy in New Zealand’s General Assembly from 1858 to 1862. It argues, aligning with the scholarship of Peter Mandler and Duncan Bell, that a stadial discourse, which understood history as a progression from savage or barbarian states to those of civility, was the main paradigm in this period.
‘Truth, Repentance and Naboth’s Vineyard: Towards Reconciliation in Aotearoa New Zealand’, M.Phil. thesis, University of Cambridge, 2008.
This dissertation explores the relationship between the alienation of Māori land and reconciliation between Māori and Pākehā.
‘Remembering the Past, Thinking of the Present: Historic Commemorations in New Zealand and Northern Ireland, 1940–1990’, Ph.D. thesis, University of Auckland, 2009.
This fascinating thesis compares the commemorations of Waitangi Day and Anzac Day in New Zealand with historic commemorations in Northern Ireland.
‘Missionary-Māori Relationships in the Far North’, research presented to the Waitangi Tribunal, Muriwhenua Inquiry, 1992.
Distinguished anthropologist Dame Joan Metge explores the worldview of missionaries Baker and Matthews and their relationships with key rangatira in the far north in the period 1832-1840. This was influential evidence before the Muriwhenua Tribunal c. 1992. (Used with author’s permission, with the caveat that this is understood as source material and as a basis for further research.)
‘A Question of Mana – Henry Williams and Hone Heke’ (2004)
This paper explores the relationship between the missionary Henry Williams and the Ngāpuhi rangatira Hone Heke, particularly during the 1840s Northern Wars.