Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Reading - Cause and effect map

Using the Inquiry slides the Bob group have created a cause and effect map to show the reasons the British and Maori entered into the Treaty of Waitangi and evaluated the outcomes this had on the Maori people. 

Bob Cause and Effect Summary
Introduction - Nuha
The treaty had benefited the British Empire the most because they had gained many things from New Zealand. On the other side the Maori did not get any of the benefits that the British Empire wrote in the treaty. Have you ever wondered why there was a treaty in the first place?  The Maori thought that the treaty would give them the right to rule over half of their own country and have protection under the Queen of England.  The Maori had protection but the British still used their power to take the Maori’s lands.  Here is what happened after the Maori signed the Treaty of Waitangi.   

Diseases - Brianna
After signing the treaty many of the British residents came into the county and spread lots of different diseases that they brought from Britain.  The diseases were measles, mumps and whooping cough. Maori had no immunity to these diseases or any treatment so it was very deadly and many of the Maoris didn’t survive.  Nowadays we get immunised and we have medicine for these illnesses.

Loss of Land - Pearl
When British came to NZ, they needed land to build houses so British demanded land and put pressure on the Maori to sell it to them.  If the Maori wouldn’t sell the land then the British would continue to pressure them until they did.  

Why Britain Needed a Treaty - Gabrielle
Britain needed a treaty to gain more power and land since the population was growing and they needed farms to grow their crops for food. At the time New Zealand had lots of useful resources that appealed to Britain. They also needed a treaty to settle everything down and put rules in place     

Musket Wars - Torres
The musket wars caused lots of death during 1810 and 1840. The Maori population decreased when British settlers came and sold/traded muskets with the maori. The warfare between maori tribes became much more deadly. It caused lots of loss to maori population. The Maori’s were no longer safe on the hill tops, they had to move to flat ground.

British Empire’s Power - Samarah
Britain was also motivated by the desire to forestall other european powers such as France etc. Britain wanted to colonise New Zealand before other countries could like the Dutch and Spain. This happened because Britain felt that they needed to have more power than the other countries. Today Britain has colonised 52 countries in the whole world. The members have a combined population of 2.3 billion people, almost a third of the world population, of which 1.26 billion live in India and 94% live in Asia and Africa combined.
Why did NZ Need a Treaty - Dev                
The Maori needed a treaty to settle the troubles that were caused with the Maori and the British, they also needed the treaty to make rules and to be sure to have protection from the Crown.  Maori gave the Crown exclusive right to buy and sell land and in return the Maori got full authority over their lands, forests, and fisheries and other possessions.  The treaty was very well translated but for a few important words they had problems or intentionally translated incorrectly.  In the Maori version the word ‘sovereignty’ was translated as ‘kawanatanga’ (governance).  The other word ‘undisturbed possessions’ was said as ‘tino rangatiratanga’ (full authority).  

Conclusion - Bob Group
Overall we believe the British let power reach their heads and they went a to harsh on the Maori.  We think that it was wrong for the British to claim the land as theirs since they didn’t give the Maori any choice and didn’t care about what the Maori thought about it. The British went too far in forcing people to be like them, act like them, wear clothes like them and even speak like them. Britain had ruled over a lot of countries and were selfish that lead them to wanting all the power to themselves.  We think that it was a bad idea to have a treaty because we didn’t need Britain to rule our country. They were just selfish and wanted NZ just for themselves. The Maori was the first living here at that time and we think that they should still be in charge of their own land.

Great work Bob group, you have summarised your ideas clearly and drawn your own conclusions about the events. I like the way you have evaluated the outcomes for both the Maori and British people.

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