All articles by Chris Newman

Chris Newman is an author and commentator, covering issues of social change, religion and ideology. He has travelled 38 countries, and holds a Masters in Education (SUNY) and BA in Sociology (Auckland).

Crown Excludes New Zealanders From the Treaty of Waitangi Conversation

1985 Judge Cooke's legal opinion has lead the way to division, judicial activism and manipulation

by Chris Newman

In the 1980’s Parliamentarians began an unsuccessful search for the elusive “principles” to interpret the words of the Treaty of Waitangi. In 1985 the Court of Appeals Judge Robin Cooke, with the Treaty in one hand and his law manual in the other, declar…