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Discovering Indigenous LandsThe Doctrine of Discovery in the English Colonies$
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Robert J. Miller, Jacinta Ruru, Larissa Behrendt, and Tracey Lindberg

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579815

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.001.0001

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Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s

Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s

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(p.207) 8 Asserting the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa New Zealand: 1840–1960s
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Discovering Indigenous Lands
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Robert J Miller

Jacinta Ruru

Larissa Behrendt

Tracey Lindberg

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579815.003.0008

This chapter focuses on the assertion of the Doctrine of Discovery in Aotearoa/New Zealand. First discovered by Maori, Aotearoa/New Zealand had been their home for hundreds of years before the British began to visit and eventually claim sovereignty of the lands via a treaty of cession that was steeped in a Discovery mindset. The chapter discusses the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and traverses the early case law.

Keywords:   Maori, Treaty of Waitangi, Aotearoa, sovereignty, Native Land Acts, terra nullius, New Zealand

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