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In recent decades the courts, academics, and the bureaucracy have used a “partnership” interpretation of the Treaty to argue there are two types of people in New Zealand – tangata whenua (land people) and tangata tiriti (Treaty people) – who each have different political and legal rights. This has led to co-governance arrangements and even racial quotas within public institutions. New Zealanders were never consulted on this change. ACT believes the Treaty promises what it says: nga tikanga katoa rite tahi – the same rights and duties for all New Zealanders.