Negotiating History: Crown Apologies in New Zealand’s Historical Treaty of Waitangi Settlements

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Maureen Hickey


New Zealand has been undertaking a process of negotiating and settling the historical Treaty of Waitangi grievances of the indigenous Maori population since the 1990s. This article outlines the development of the Treaty settlement process and the role of the Crown’s apology to Maori claimant groups in the reconciliation process.

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Maureen Hickey

Maureen Hickey is a Senior Historian at the Office of Treaty Settlements which negotiates, on behalf of the Crown, the settlement of historical Treaty of Waitangi claims in New Zealand. She is also the co-author, with Erik Olssen, of Class and Occupation: The New Zealand Reality, Otago University Press, 2005.