Whakapakari i tō mātauranga mō Te Tiriti – Strengthen your knowledge of the Treaty
6th February 2023
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. Plus you can put your Tiriti mātauranga to the test and be in to win a prize with our Te Tiriti o Waitangi Quiz.
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
- BWB: The Treaty of Waitangi Collection
- The Waitangi Tribunal
- He Tohu
- Treaty Settlements
- Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand website: Treaty of Waitangi
- The New Zealand History website: Treaty of Waitangi
- Te Papa – Te Tiriti o Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi
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.
- '84 Issue 15: Mana Motuhake
- '84 Issue 1: The Hikoi
- '74 Issue 1: N.Z Day
- '91 Issue 23: Nga maramara hou
- ‘89 Issue 26: Nga maramara. Have a go at the quiz.
- ‘96 Issue 13: Abolish the Waitangi Tribunal says ACT leader Richard Prebble.
- '84 Issue 7: A legacy of Colonialist Guilt includes some interesting "advice" from the now King Charles, made during his speech at Waitangi in 1983.
- '85 Issue 5: Facts? Facts? Facts? reviews media coverage of Waitangi day from urban to rural and notes there is not much difference.
- ‘84 Issue 21: The Treaty Hui - Turangawaewae debate on Te Tiriti.
- ‘84 Issue 2: Te Kotahitanga
- ‘82 Issue 1: Waitangi - day of shame
- ‘89 Issue 22: Hui for 1990. Preparing for 150 year anniversary of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
- ‘91 Issue 2: The Treaty of Waitangi - A Translation of the Māori Text
- ‘93 Issue 5: IMHO by Prometheus - #LandBack #treatyfraud
- ‘90 Issue 7: Nga Maramara Bishop Whakahuihui Vercoe at Waitangi, 6th Feb, 1990.
- ‘89 Issue 2: Groups Protest over 1990 Treaty about "Māori Culture"
- ‘97 Issue 8: Treaty on Trial
- ‘82 Issue 13: The Theft of Māori Land
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
- July 4 1867 Letter from Parakaia to Bishop Selwyn
- The story of the Treaty Part 1
- The story of the Treaty Part 2
- The Treaty of Waitangi Questions and Answers booklet
- All about the Treaty booklet
Videos and Documentaries
- Talk Treaty –Kōrerotia te Tiriti
- A land of our own (1990) (University of Waikato login required)
- Canvassing the Treaty
- Lost in Translation
- The New Zealand Wars
- The Voyages of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
- Land Ownership
A list of reading materials collated to celebrate Waitangi Day. (University of Waikato login required)
Library Waitangi Day Giveaway: WIN!
Our Waitangi Day giveaway has been designed and gifted by our Kaitiaki Mātangireia. This can be used in multiple ways such as a pen, jewellery or even a tealight candle holder. The meaning of the taonga are explained as 'Koiri' for reflection, growth, change and acceptance.
To be in for the chance to win one of these beautiful taonga, visit the Library Activities page to enter. T&Cs apply.