An Unsettled History

An Unsettled History

Treaty Claims in New Zealand Today

An Unsettled History squarely confronts the issues arising from the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand today. Alan Ward writes lucidly about the Treaty claims process, about settlements made, and those to come.

New Zealand’s short history unquestionably reveals a treaty made and then repeatedly breached. This is a compelling case – for fair and reasonable settlement, and for the rigorous continuation of the Treaty claims process through the Waitangi Tribunal. The impact of the past upon the present has rarely been analysed so clearly, or to such immediate purpose.

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Table of contents


1. The Treaty as a political compact
2. The modern Treaty claims process
3. Settlements and non-settlements
4. The investigation of pre-1840 land transactions
5. The New Zealand Company in Wellington
6. Direct purchase: lessons from Auckland and Otago
7. Crown purchases, political change and war
8. The Native Land Acts
9. The Liberal period and the twentieth century
10. History and the Treaty claims process


Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2015
Pages: 212
RRP: $34.99
ISBN: 9780908912971
ISTC: A022012000021064
DOI: 10.7810/9780908912971

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'An important book – a skilful work, revealing the hand of a scholar who cares deeply about New Zealand.' New Zealand Journal of History

'Anyone with any interest in treaty issues should read this book.' Wanganui Chronicle

'This book is a major achievement. Ward has provided not only a balm to soothe the anxieties of many New Zealanders over Waitangi claims, but he has also provided a vision for both Māori and Pākehā to strive for.' Waikato Times

'This is a welcome addition to a vexing subject which affects us all, whether we like it or not.' Southland Times