New Treaty, New Tradition

Reconciling New Zealand and Maori Law

Carwyn Jones

  • Published: 2016. Paperback March 2017
  • Subject Listing: Native American and Indigenous Studies; Law
  • Bibliographic information: 232 pp., 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

Legal traditions respond to social and economic environments. M ori author and legal scholar Carwyn Jones provides a timely examination of how the resolution of land claims in New Zealand has affected M ori law and the challenges faced by Indigenous peoples as they attempt to exercise self-determination in a postcolonial world. Combining thoughtful analysis with M ori storytelling, Jones's nuanced reflections on the claims process show how Western legal thought has shaped treaty negotiations. Drawing on Canadian and international examples, Jones makes the case that genuine reconciliation can occur only when we recognize the importance of Indigenous traditions in the settlement process.
Carwyn Jones is senior lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington.

"Carwyn Jones has written a book that will enrich the popular discourse of Indigenous politics, governance, decolonization, and resurgence."
-Val Napoleon, coeditor of First Nations Cultural Heritage and Law: Case Studies, Voices, and Perspectives

"This book breaks important new ground in M ori studies. Even more impressive is Jones's masterful use of a variety of critical methodologies and scholarship that can be applied to the contemporary human rights situation of Indigenous peoples around the world. In an analysis thoroughly grounded in M ori language and storytelling traditions, Jones reveals a powerful new way of using Indigenous knowledge to critique, reform, and undermine the grounding assumptions of the West's racist, colonial legal regimes and systems of non-Indigenous governmentality and law imposed on Indigenous peoples."
-Robert A. Williams Jr., author of Savage Anxieties: The Invention of Western Civilization

"New Treaty, New Tradition is a tour de force. Intricately argued and beautifully sculpted, this book is useful to both scholars and Indigenous peoples around the world engaged in treaty and resource recovery negotiations."
-Margaret Mutu, author of The State of M ori Rights

1. Tino Rangatiratanga and M ori Legal History
2. Reconciling Legal Systems
3. M ori Law Today
4. Treaty Settlements and M ori Law
5. Post-Settlement Governance and M ori Law
6. New Stories and Old Stories Re-Told
Epilogue: M ui and The People Of The North
Pinepine te Kura