The Meaning of Magna Carta


The Magna Carta – “Great Charter” is an 800 year old document from Europe’s Middle Ages, yet surprisingly it still has relevance in New Zealand today. Sealed on the banks of the River Thames on 15 June 1215, the Magna Carta forms the foundation of our rights. Originally a treaty between King John of England and rebel Barons, it’s a document which over many centuries has shaped the exercise of power, the rights of the people, and the role of the law.