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'Waitangi and Indigenous Rights’ Seminar

THE UNIVERSITY OF AUCKLAND FACULTY OF LAW AND DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCIAL LAW SEMINAR SERIES

in conjunction with the Auckland University Press.

For Immediate Release 23 March 2000

F.M. (Jock) Brookfield, Emeritus Professor of Law at the University of Auckland, will speak at a public seminar on a variety of issues raised in 'Waitangi and Indigenous Rights: Revolution, Law and Legitimation', his recently published book.

Treaty of Waitangi issues and controversies should be settled through a quiet revolution, Professor Brookfield says.

"Maori claims and expectations, based on the Treaty of Waitangi or on the revived common law of aboriginal rights, remain outstanding. That, in the case of the Treaty, is despite a degree of effect given to its principles by Parliament and by courts and tribunals."

In 'Waitangi & Indigenous Rights', he makes a case for settlement of these claims that extends to basic constitutional change in New Zealand to redress wrongs that go back to the revolution begun in 1840.

What is needed, he maintains, is a "quiet revolution" by agreement between Maori and Pakeha to break with our past and develop a new written constitution protecting the Treaty, preferably as part of a New Zealand republic.

All welcome 5.45pm Stone Lecture Theatre, Bldg 801, Law School 17 Eden Crescent Auckland City

Queries to Treasa Dunworth, 373-7599 x 8008.

--ENDS--


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