This lecture gives an overview of some of the themes of my forthcoming book on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand's constitution and law - Where is it and where should it be? The three main points of the lecture are: • First, there is inherent uncertainty in the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi as it applies to particular issues; that uncertainty existed in 1840 and continues to exist today. • Second, that there is instability in New Zealand's constitutional understandings of whose job it is to interpret the Treaty’s meaning; • Third, I suggest that it would be worth stabilising the legal and constitutional place of the Treaty and one way of doing this, which I favour, is by giving its principles the status of ordinary law, for the future, judged by the ordinary courts.
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