What is important to people?
Local control over
- Ones Land
- Ones Village
- All that one creates of value
These are not new ideas, they are core to being human.
In New Zealand, however, over the past few decades, as a promise by the Crown, they have quietly moved into English Common Law; indigenous values relevant to all today.
This is because they are promises made in a treaty that is gaining new importance as a founding document of the nation. The key sentence reads:
Ko te Kuini o Ingarani ka wakarite ka wakaae ki nga Rangatira ki nga hapu - ki nga tangata katoa o Nu Tirani te tino rangatiratanga o o ratou wenua o ratou kainga me o ratou taonga katoa.
The Queen of England agrees to protect the Chiefs, the subtribes and all the people of New Zealand in the unqualified exercise of their chieftainship over their lands, villages and all their treasures.
Note to whom the protection is granted. Not only Rangatira and hapu, but nga tangata katoa o Nu Tirani (all the people of New Zealand).
A careful reading of Te Tiriti confirms this means what it says... everyone, not just every Maori. Because all are equal before the law under Common Law, this is necessary, which is why it is there. The Crown cannot give special protection based on DNA (race).