Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

Three principles commonly recognised and first outlined in the Royal Commission on Social Policy (1988) are:

Partnership: interactions between the Treaty partners must be based on mutual good faith, cooperation, tolerance, honesty and respect

Participation: this principle secures active and equitable participation by tangata whenua

Protection: government must protect whakapapa, cultural practices and taonga, including protocols, customs and language.

New Zealand History Online has relevant information, including:

  • The Treaty in brief: The concise story of how New Zealand’s founding document was born – and how it lives on. Includes FAQs section.
  • Read the Treaty: Read the Treaty in English and Maori. Examine and compare these versions and find out what happened to the original documents.
  • Making the Treaty: Getting agreement on the Treaty in 1840 was no picnic. The document was long in the making, with many journeys taken to gather chiefly signatures
  • Waitangi Day
  • Treaty timeline: A chronology of key events in the making of the Treaty and its lasting impact on New Zealand society
  • Treaty in Practice: Since it was signed in 1840, the Treaty has continued to exert a powerful (if sometimes subtle) influence on the national story
  • Maori Language Week or Te Wiki o Te Reo: Explore the vital roots of the Maori language and the sound of te reo. Learn the 100 essential Maori words every New Zealander should know.
  • Treaty of Waitangi links: