Whakapakari i tō mātauranga mō Te Tiriti – Strengthen your knowledge of the Treaty

6th February 2024

What is the Te Tiriti o Waitangi - The Treaty of Waitangi, and what does it mean? We've put together a selection of rauemi from our collections and beyond.

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on the 6th of February, 1840 at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands by Captain William Hobson, several English residents, and between 43 and 46 Māori rangatira. Even though the document was signed in the mid-1800s, Waitangi Day wasn't officially commemorated until 1934, and then went on to become a public holiday in 1974.

Websites and Databases

Digital Collections: O Neherā

O Neherā: The Treaty of Waitangi is a collection of content from across O Neherā pertaining to the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi. This is a work in progress and is constantly being updated and reviewed. Suggestions for new additions are always welcome. See Feedback and Suggestions or email [email protected] if you have any suggestions.


A selection of articles from the Nexus - the Student Magazine presents a unique Waikato University student perspective of the Treaty of Waitangi and surrounding conversations and conflicts that have arisen throughout the years.

Illustrated London News

Content and quotes published in the Illustrated London News during the late 1800, early 1900s. A very colonialist point of view, including some questionable descriptions and skewed ideology.

  • Illustrated London News 1845, v.7 - “He contended that the instructions of Lord John Russell, when he was in the Colonial-office, recognised the native title to their lands..."
  • Illustrated London News 1856, v29 - "The land-jobbers desired to set aside the treaty; and in one of their addresses to Lord Stanley (then Colonial Minister)... "
  • Illustrated London News 1845, v.6 - " He commented severely upon the course which he said was pursued in order to obtain the signatures of the New Zealand chiefs to the treaty of Waitangi. ..."

Bishop Selwyn Letters


Videos and Documentaries

Reading List

A list of reading materials collated to celebrate Waitangi Day. (University of Waikato login required)