Recently the Labour Government of New Zealand posted
up their new Treaty Of Waitangi website, after about a year of endeavour and with
an overall budget of $6.5 million to draw from. Of this sum, a total of $80,000
had been spent directly on the government website by the time it came on-line.
The rest of the budget is earmarked for continued website additions, advertising
and printed educational materials etc., about the Treaty, for schools and organisations.
the government website appeared it was immediately apparent that there were glaring
omissions in the information supplied and inadequacies in the presentation of,
what should be considered as, true New Zealand history. The most important documents
related to the Treaty were also conspicuous by their absence.
is a reflective website to the government one, which seeks to fill, in part, the
chasm of missing information not available from that resource. It has taken one
week to plan and build this site, at a cost of $70. The web-designer is an amateur
working from home.
Please read and consider your "original
draft documents" of the Treaty with tremendous care, as
you'll find that the English version being used in all of our legislation is the
wrong text. The true Treaty Of Waitangi, in both English and Maori,
clearly states that the "customary rights" referred to in Article
II are for "all the people of New Zealand"
collectively and not for any singular ethnicity.
TAHI TATOU-WE ARE NOW ONE PEOPLE