The Treaty Of Waitangi And The Rights Of The Maori People Essay

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This essay will present and explore the Treaty of Waitangi with regards to the treaty text and the principles behind it and the relevance to the health and wellbeing of the Maori people in New Zealand. The Cultural Safety and other principles that are considered in the healthcare practice will also be tackled. While most of the discussion is focused on the treaty, cultural safety and Maori health various concerns are also considered to provide a suitable foundation on the topic.
The treaty of Waitangi is the founding document of New Zealand. It is meant to be a partnership of the Maori people and the British Crown which is translated in both Maori and English language. Since the first signing of the document on the 6th of February 1840, arguments and confusions have surrounded its interpretation (Kingi, 2007). The treaty of cessation revolved as a document which served to highlight the broken promises of the Crown to the Maori specifically with respect to the land that led the unmet expectations for Maori control and governance.
To start with, the original intent of the treaty of Waitangi have three broad objectives -first the transfer of sovereignty, second, absolute control of the Crown in land matters, and lastly, law and order for Maori and settlers. In the Maori’s perspective, the Treaty serves as a framework for Health development but some perceive the treaty as Maori additional privileges. The treaty, as a whole, concerns on the equal rights and opportunities for the
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