LAWPUBL 422 - Contemporary Tiriti/Treaty Issues

Credit points: 15 points
Offered: First Semester
Contact hours: Lectures - 3 hours per week
Course Coordinators: Tracey Whare
Prerequisites: LAW 211
Restriction: LAW 421

Course description

Contemporary legal issues arising under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Course overview

This course is for students who have an interest in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori rights more generally. The first part of the course sets out the historical context in which te Tiriti and the Treaty were drafted and signed, the meanings and interpretations of the texts and the treatment of te Tiriti and the Treaty within legislation and by the courts. The second part of the course will examine the role of the Waitangi Tribunal and the Crown settlement process. Particular claims to be considered include historical land claims, intellectual property and freshwater. The third part of the course will consider the relationship between tikanga Māori and New Zealand state law, contemporary treaty making in Australia and Canada and constitutional transformation.


  • Essay outline (5%)
  • Presentation (10%)
  • Essay (40%)
  • Exam (45%)