The Treaty is in princple about - Partnership - Protection - Participation. Without these principles Maori would be on the persecution list similar to our friends across the Tasman - the Aborigine. The Aborigine is the oldest race in the world and have probably been persecuted from their origins - and continue to be treated without respect - without partnership - without protection and defintely without participation in their own affairs.
Have we not learnt from the Holocaust? Have we not learnt from Iraq? What would happen if we had no treaties?