Customary Rights: Holding the Line

Edward Ellison


This article explores the nature, history and significance of Maori customary rights in the New Zealand context, and argues there is a need for a New Zealand constitution which embodies human rights which recognise and uphold the customary rights of the indigenous peoples of this land and protects those rights from oppressive and discriminatory political acts of expediency by government.


Maori; Customary Rights; Treaty of Waitangi; Indigenous People; Kai Tahu

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