What is the intention of the Treaty Principles Bill?

The intention of the Treaty Principles Bill is to establish in law that the principles of the Treaty are what the three articles of the Treaty actually say: that the New Zealand Government has the right to govern; that the authority and ownership of land and property of all New Zealanders is protected; and that all New Zealanders are equal under the law.

The actual text of the Treaty itself is a powerful guide for New Zealand’s future. Far from a divisive document that affords unique privileges to one group, the Treaty is a taonga for all New Zealanders, establishing that all New Zealanders have above all else the same rights and privileges as each other and that the Government has a duty to protect those rights.