Customary Rights: Holding the Line

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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.

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Edward Ellison

Edward Ellison is Deputy Kaiwhakahaere of Te Runanga o Ngai Tahu 1996-2004, member of NZ Conservation Authority 1996 to present, University of Otago Council member 2000 to present, Farms whanau land on the Otago Peninsula, active in resource management activities in Otago, active in developing trial cultural heritage policy 1992 to present.