New Zealand is known for its diversity, ingenuity, and compassion, and for its acceptance of the right to protest – a right that has seen it embrace significant societal change at the forefront of global trends numerous times.

Think the vote for women, the nuclear-free movement, helping end apartheid or the recognition of gay rights.

Indeed, the founding document of our nation, the Treaty of Waitangi, was a giant leap beyond the usual "we're the conquerors, you're the slaves" version of colonisation – brought about, it could be said, by Maori protest at the way they were being treated by

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