In 1807 the British signed the Slavery abolition Act this was 30 years before signing the Treaty of Waitangi. The slavery abolition Act didn’t free all slaves across the empire it just prevented the acquisition of more slaves. Britain was the first large slave trading country to abolish slavery. From 1641 to 1652, over 500,000 Irish were killed by the English and another 300,000 were sold as slaves. Ireland’s population fell from about 1,500,000 to 600,000 in one single decade. Many Anglo New Zealanders like to remind Maori that they were responsible for abolishing the slave trade but there are no records of British colonists suppressing slavery amongst Maori yet there are records of Maori being used as slave labour to build Portobello road in Dunedin, their crime was passive resistance to land confiscation at Parihaka. Maori didn’t enslave non-maori and Moriori were Maori. Maori slavery was limited and was in decline once many Maori had converted to Christianity thanks to the French missionary Pompallier. The Treaty hate movement have started an insidious campaign to highlight Maori slavery but turn a blind eye to the Pakeha enslavement of Maori at Parihaka by minimizing it calling it hard labour not slavery. The reason it was slavery is because the government was breaking the law confiscating land this was against the constitutions act that prevented the state procuring private land. The treaty hate movement should review British slavery that forced millions of people into slavery not a few hundred that Maori acquired as prisoners of war.