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Treaty of Waitangi

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Treaty of Waitangi

In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi  was signed,
from then to now the government can't hide,
freedom the Maori wanted, from oppressing minds
but what they got was almost cultural genocide.

First to go was the land,
next was the language suppressed by force,
legislation wrote favored only one man,
the marriage they talk of was now a divorce.

In 1980 Maori was finally recognized,
as a culture in this land, now we had a voice,
140 years it took to realize,
we educated ourselves,so we have a choice.

32 years later our fight still goes on,
still fighting the system for retribution sort,
they acknowledge now that they were wrong,
we always knew this, this is why we fort.

M.Mahauariki © 2012

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  1. Date: 2/11/2012 7:57:00 PM
    Very strong thoughts here, Murray. I didn't realize that you are Maori. If I were you, I would keep on writing with this theme.

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    Date: 2/11/2012 10:10:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Half, Ill explain more in another poem