Moana Jackson:

His legacy will endure

No New Zealand leader’s legacy has ever seemed so important.

He’s the person who, like others who’ve paid intelligent attention to the Treaty, understood the power sharing in that 1840 deal — and he’s the one above all others who has explained how such a travesty was made of that arrangement by the waves of white colonisers bringing their comfortable and hopelessly faulty assumptions about white superiority.

That made him unique. And he was all the more distinctive because of his gentle, warm, kindly, self-effacing manner, and also because his formidable intellect and unruffled demeanour allowed him to move well past frustration and rage at the tolerance of generations of New Zealanders towards the inhuman treatment of Māori.

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