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Massey University, New Zealand
Leading the call for better scholarship is Massey University associate professor of history Michael Belgrave."Errors, inconsistencies and poor use of historical sources in the Agreed Historical Account led us to the suspicion that the process had significant, even fatal, deficiencies," Belgrave and colleague Dr Grant Young said in their evidence.Belgrave told the tribunal what was missing from the Crown documents now released was a clear outline of the principles by which the Crown would act."You need to have a much more rigorous process for working out how custom should be recognised, and in particular how it should be denied," he replies to Crown lawyer Peter Andrew.He describes the present process as the Crown receiving any information given to it, but with the fore-boding that much of it was going into a black hole.
Scoop: Kiwis Can Be Proud of Maori Claim Processes
Says Historian Michael BelgraveKiwis can be proud of the Maori claim and settlement processes, says historian and Waitangi Tribunal expert Michael Belgrave, the author of Historical Frictions: Maori Claims & Reinvented Histories (Auckland University Press).Associate Professor at Massey Albany and Waitangi Tribunal researcher for 18 years, Belgrave says inquiries and settlements have always been important in dealing with conflict in the present, allowing adjustment to the changing relationship between Maori and the state and keeping alive Maori customary relationships.In Historical Frictions, Belgrave also explores the way that the meanings of the Treaty of Waitangi and ‘claim settlements' have changed over time and successive commissions of inquiry, using examples such as the Ngai Tahu, Taranaki, Muriwhenua and Chatham Island claims.His intimate knowledge of the Maori claim and settlement process began in 1987, when as a young historian he moved, reluctantly, to Wellington to become one of the first Waitangi Tribunal researchers."As many of the historians, counsel, claimants and tribunal members themselves worked through these claims", says Belgrave in the preface to Historical Frictions, "we were privileged to look back on our history in a way that seemed fundamental to key issues about the way New Zealand should deal with its past and, more important, the place of Maori in our society."Historical Frictions: Maori Claims & Reinvented Histories by Michael Belgrave (Auckland University Press assisted by the Ministry for Culture & Heritage) will be launched by celebrated historian Judith Binney on Friday 25 November, during the NZ Historical Association Conference, The University of Auckland.
Scoop Archives: Maori
Kiwis can be proud of the Maori claim and settlement processes, says historian and Waitangi Tribunal expert Michael Belgrave, the author of Historical Frictions: Maori Claims & Reinvented Histories (Auckland University Press).
Scoop: The bFM WIRE Today Hosted by Noelle Mc Carthy
12.45 Michael Belgrave.We'll ask Michael Belgrave, Associate Professor of Social Policy at Massey for his expert opinion. 1.00 Selwyn Manning.The co-editor of Scoop.co.nz in his latest incarnation as an author joins us in the studio to discuss his new book.