A long time coming: new book investigates the complex story of Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty settlement

29 October 2020

Aotearoa New Zealand’s Treaty settlement process is starting to be recognised as one of the world’s more successful frameworks for reconciliation, despite the challenges for those who have been, and continue to be, involved in the process.

  • A Long Time Coming

    A Long Time Coming book cover.

A Long Time Coming author

Author of A Long Time Coming, Martin Fisher

Ngāi Tahu, along with Waikato-Tainui, was one of the first iwi to enter into Treaty settlement negotiations in the 1990s. In a new account of the negotiations and settlement, University of Canterbury (UC) historian Dr Martin Fisher shines a light on a story that began with the first letter of protest to the Crown in 1849 and concluded with the historic settlement in 1998.

The story is not widely known, despite the significant political, social and economic consequences for the iwi and for the country, and it is comprehensively captured in A Long Time Coming: The story of Ngāi Tahu’s treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown, published by Canterbury University Press.

The outcome of one of the country’s longest-running Treaty claims, led predominately by Ngāi Tahu’s Tā Tipene O’Regan and Minister of Treaty Negotiations Douglas Graham, was by no means perfect, or from the point of view of Ngāi Tahu even fair, Dr Fisher writes. Its conclusion, however, allowed Ngāi Tahu to move forward with working toward the tribe’s economic and cultural future.

A Long Time Coming will be launched at the WORD Christchurch Spring Festival on 31 October when Dr Fisher joins a panel with UC Adjunct Professor Tā Tipene O’Regan, Ngāi Tahu Research Centre director and Ūpoko Ngāi Tūāhuriri Associate Professor Te Maire Tau, and former Ngāi Tahu legal advisor and, later, Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations Chris Finlayson to discuss the extraordinary story of Ngāi Tahu’s Treaty settlement journey.

For more information visit Canterbury University Press at the University of Canterbury.

A Long Time Coming: The story of Ngāi Tahu’s treaty settlement negotiations with the Crown, by Martin Fisher, published by Canterbury University Press, October 2020, RRP $39.99, ISBN 978-1-98-850311-0.

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