New Zealand Ministry Of Justice Essay

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On 6 February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and numerous Maori chiefs united in the ceremony of the signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi documentation in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, (New Zealand Ministry of Justice, 2015). (1) This, signified the official colonisation of New Zealand and with this the promise of certain principles that were to be upheld by the British law, including that of Protection, Participation and Partnership, for all citizens now unified under the British Crown (MOH, 2000b). (2)
Controversially, due to translational implications the true intention and meaning of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi has been often contested due to the Maori losing much of their Autonomy along with their cultural history, this adversely affecting Maori spiritual, mental, emotional, and physical health outcomes, both individually as well as within the family structure, which is still evident 175 years later, (New Zealand Ministry of Justice, 2015). (1).
Along with colonisation, many foreign diseases such as measles, mumps, tuberculosis and whooping cough, that infiltrated New Zealand, proving detrimental for Maori as their immune systems were yet to develop antibodies and immunity to the newly introduced pathogens, (Pool, 2012). Concurrently, this resulted in a high morbidity and mortality rate around the end of the 1800s, as according to statistics, the Maori population declined in number from approximately 100,000 in 1767,
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