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The land occupation at Ihumātao brings together Māori and heritage activists seeking to stop a housing development on a site that marks the earliest human occupation of New Zealand. Alika Wells/Wikimedia

Land occupation at Ihumātao: why the New Zealand government needs to act cautiously but quickly

The land occupation at Ihumātao, near Auckland's airport, is reviving forms of protest common in the 1970s, now enhanced by new media and led by a new generation of Māorikeen to see grievances addressed.
On February 6, 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs acting on behalf of their tribes signed the Treaty of Waitangi. from Wikimedia Commons

Explainer: the significance of the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi, signed in 1840, is New Zealand's foundation document. But debate continues about the exact meaning of the treaty text.
A traditional haka held during the week-long coronation ceremony for the Māori king. Xavier La Canna/AAP

The kīngitanga movement: 160 years of Māori monarchy

The movement to establish a Māori monarch emerged following colonisation to protect land ownership and to bring otherwise independent tribal communities together.
Māori businesses now account for an economic asset base of more than NZ$42.6 billion, made up mostly of small and medium-sized enterprises. Judith Lienert/Shutterstock

Strong sense of cultural identity drives boom in Māori business

Māori business is booming thanks to entrepreneurs with a strong sense of cultural identity and a willingness to take risks.
Despite the Treaty of Waitangi, acts by both the British Crown and successive New Zealand governments have had detrimental effects on the Māori population. AAP Image/SNPA Pool, David Rowland

New Zealand’s indigenous reconciliation efforts show having a treaty isn’t enough

Reconciliation efforts were established in New Zealand 30 years ago to tackle grievances stemming from government initiatives that have seen Māori lose both resources and power.

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