Magna Carta and New Zealand

History, Politics and Law in Aotearoa

  • Stephen Winter
  • Chris Jones

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Remembrance

  4. Reception

  5. Reflection

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 253-253
    2. Stephen Winter, Chris Jones
      Pages 255-263
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 265-288

About this book


This volume is the first to explore the vibrant history of Magna Carta in Aotearoa New Zealand’s legal, political and popular culture. Readers will benefit from in-depth analyses of the Charter’s reception along with explorations of its roles in regard to larger constitutional themes.

The common thread that binds the collection together is its exploration of what the adoption of a medieval charter as part of New Zealand’s constitutional arrangements has meant – and might mean – for a Pacific nation whose identity remains in flux. The contributions to this volume are grouped around three topics: remembrance and memorialization of Magna Carta; the reception of the Charter by both Māori and non-Māori between 1840 and 2015; and reflection on the roles that the Charter may yet play in future constitutional debate. This collection provides evidence of the enduring attraction of Magna Carta, and its importance as a platform of constitutional aspiration.



'Rule of Law' Constitutionalism Māori Democracy Treaty of Waitangi

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen Winter
    • 1
  • Chris Jones
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand
  2. 2.University of CanterburyChristchurchNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and the Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-58438-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-58439-3
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