Mike Butler is one of the experts who have been stocking my brain with Treaty facts for the past year.
This is Mike’s letter in today’s Dominion Post.
He reveals that the Maori Tiriti o Waitangi, which Hobson said was the only true Treaty — and which 473 out of 512 chiefs signed — made no mention of Maori owning fisheries or water.
In fact, Article 2 of the Tiriti — the article that talked about guaranteeing possessions — did not even use the word Maori.
It said that possession of their lands, dwellings and all their property was guaranteed to the chiefs and the tribes and to all the people of New Zealand.
The claim for water rights is a current invention conjured up by the Maori Council and the Waitangi Tribunal.
More evidence that it’s time the Treaty gravy train was sent on a one-way express journey from Wai-tangi to Tangi-wai.