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26.2.16

New Zealand: Maori elder issues TPP 'veto' | World War 4 Report: The document invokes the Declaration of Independence, which was signed by Taurua's ancestor, Pareha of Ngati Rehia. Another ancestor, Te Kemara, was a signatory of the Maori version of the Treaty of Waitangi. Last year the Waitangi Tribunal, which adjudicates on issues concerning New Zealand's indigenous people, found that Maori did not cede sovereignty when they signed the Treaty of Waitangi. Taurua is asserting power to veto the trade agreement under this sovereignty by descent, or tino rangatiratanga. The Declaration of Independence, which was approved by King William IV and ratified by the British government, states that Maori elders would gather at Waitangi each autumn in order to regulate trade. (Stuff.co.nz, Feb. 9; BBC News, Feb. 4; NZ Food Security, Feb. 3)


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