Today the Waitangi tribunal tried to rewrite law by issuing their decision thatÂ that Maori chiefs who signed the Treaty of Waitangi did not cede sovereignty.
Shortly thereafter David Rankin of Ngapuhi issued a press release:
Iwi leader says Tribunal ignored testimony and defames his ancestor
The Ngapuhi leader David Rankin (a descendent of the nineteenth century warrior chief Hone Heke) says that the Waitangi Tribunal report on Maori sovereignty, which is released today, defames his famous ancestor.
Mr Rankin gave evidence at a Waitangi Tribunal hearing which led to this report.Â Â His testimony included details of the oral history of the treaty signing and how the rangatira [chiefs] at the time regarded political developments that were occurring:
âWhen our tupuna, Hone Heke, signed the Treaty of Waitangi, he did so because he know it was the only option in terms of having a relationship with the British Crown.Â Â But the tribunal is now telling us that all those chiefs saw the Declaration of Independence, which a few had signed in 1835, as being the basis of their relationship with the British.Â Â That is a lie and that is not what the tribunal was told.
Mr Rankin says the Tribunal report defames the memory of Hone Heke, and of his whanauâs oral histories, and that if the tribunal refuses to alter the report to reflect the testimony he provided at the hearing, he will lodge a Treaty claim against the tribunal itself, which will be a first in Treaty history, for prejudicial effect.
On top of that Paul Moon, a notable historian has also come out saying much the same thing.Â Read more »