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Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi

Links to resources relating to the theme of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

National Library – Topic explorer: Treaty of Waitangi

A guide to using the Topic explorer tool to inspire student inquiry.

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Māori History – Contexts: The Treaty

This section of TKI's Māori History website has suggested contexts, along with video stories and related resources, to shape a Treaty based programme of learning.

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Waitangi Tribunal: School resources

This website gives information about the Treaty and the claims process. It provides resources suitable for both primary and secondary schools, including teacher’s notes.

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Te Ara: Treaty of Waitangi

This section of Te Ara tells the story of the Treaty of Waitangi, from its creation, to the honouring of the Treaty 1940–2000s. Includes a short summary, images, audio, and video.

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Te Ara: Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories

This digital storytelling programme on Te Ara explores Treaty of Waitangi settlements in which Māori have sought redress for breaches of the Treaty of Waitangi by the Crown. Select the 'Videos' option for documentaries that tell of the impact of colonisation on specific iwi, and the loss of their land and culture. Includes cross–curricular education resources in English and Māori mediums that align with The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga of Aotearoa.

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National Library – He Tohu – A treaty: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand. This page of the National Library's He Tohu website links to information, images, video and stories of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the people who signed the document. Includes useful links to other websites.

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National Library – He Tohu: Learning activities

Use these activities to inspire and inform students as they explore concepts related to He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition.

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National Library – Teaching and learning resources: Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history

National Library has collections of curated online resources about Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history. These digital collections include websites, images, documents, film, video, audio, book lists, and more. There are Topic Explorer sets, Curiosity Cards, learning activities, a social inquiry resource, Many Answers, AnyQuestions, and other digital collections to support and inspire student inquiry.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Treaty of Waitangi

National Library's Topic Explorer has collections of curated digital resources related to the Treaty of Waitangi. These include websites, images, documents, film, video, audio, book lists, and more.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Journey of the Treaty of Waitangi

This topic set relates to the journey of the Treaty of Waitangi, and shifting attitudes to it after it was signed. It includes images, articles, videos, manuscripts, websites, audio files, and resource sets.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: New Zealand History

This topic set relates to Aotearoa New Zealand history, and includes images, videos, books, articles, newspapers, sets, websites, research papers, and audio files.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: Māori history post-European arrival

This topic set relates to Māori history post-European arrival and includes images, articles, resource sets, videos, websites, research papers, books, newspapers, and audio files.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: NZ Wars: General resources, and legacy

The topic set relates to the New Zealand wars and their impact on Aotearoa New Zealand. It includes videos, audio files, resource sets, images, research papers, articles, newspapaers, websites, and books.

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National Library – Topic Explorer: New Zealand protest.

This resource set relates to New Zealand protest and includes images, articles, resource sets, videos, archives, and newspapers.

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National Library – Many Answers – Treaty of Waitangi (Junior primary)

This page includes information about researching the Treaty of Waitangi, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori Land March 1975 (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching the 1975 Māori land march, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Māori history (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching Māori history (junior secondary), tips, and links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Hone Heke (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching Hōne Heke, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: Treaty of Waitangi (Junior secondary)

This page includes information about researching the Treaty of Waitangi, tips, and further links.

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National Library – Many Answers: New Zealand wars (Senior secondary)

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NZ History: Treaty of Waitangi

This section of the NZ History website focuses on the Treaty of Waitangi and Waitangi Day. It includes an overview, translations of the Treaty text, Treaty signatories and signing locations, Treaty biographies, Treaty timeline, the Treaty in practice, Māori Language Week, and more.

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Te Papa: He puka mahi Rā o Waitangi – Waitangi Day Activity Book

Te Papa has a free downloadable activity book to help primary aged students understand the significance of Waitangi Day. It covers topics such as events that led to the signing of the Treaty, how the Treaty was signed, the effects of signing the Treaty, and more. Suitable for age 8 and over.

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NZ History: Treaty timeline

The NZ History website's Treaty timeline provides an overview of events leading up to the creation of the Treaty of Waitangi, and significant issues and events related to the Treaty after 1840 and up until the contentious passing of the Foreshore and Seabed Act in 2004.

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NZ History: Timeline – Date

For a timeline of New Zealand's history you can search topics, events, people and places by A–Z, year date, or month on the NZ History website.

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He Tohu – Learning Activities

Use these activities to inspire and inform students as they explore concepts related to He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition.

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NZHistory: Images and Media – Treaty of Waitangi

Search for images and media pertaining to the Treaty of Waitangi.

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Te Ara – copies of women’s signatures from Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed by women of mana as well as male chiefs. Roll over the place names on this map from Te Ara to see some of these signatures. The women signed by drawing a version of their moko, or facial tattoo, on the treaty.

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Auckland Museum – Collections online: Documentary Heritage – Treaty of Waitangi

This example of a search result from the Documentary Heritage section of Auckland Museum's Collections Online lists material related to the Treaty of Waitangi. The museum's Documentary Heritage collection includes manuscripts,archives, maps and plans, newspapers, books and other publications, photographic materials, paintings, drawings, prints and more.

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Archives New Zealand: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi

A collection of 9 images of Te Tiriti o Waitangi from the Archives New Zealand Flickr account.

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Archives New Zealand: The Treaty day-by-day

This Archives New Zealand Flickr album has 94 images and records that give a day-by-day account of the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840.

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National Library: Curiosity Cards

This guide may be used to support using the curiousity cards to spark student inquiry into New Zealand's bicultural heritage including He Tohu (three constitutional documents) and Tuia – Encounters 250.

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National Library – Curiosity Cards: Te Rangitopeora (CC0008)

Use this curiosity card about Te Rangitopeora, a renowned woman of rank of Ngāti Toarangatira and Ngāti Raukawa, to spark student inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi.

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National Library – Curiosity Cards: Hikoi (TMCC13)

Use this curiosity card about hikoi to spark student inquiry into the Treaty of Waitangi.

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He Tohu – YouTube Channel

This YouTube channel shows videos from the exhibition He Tohu: Signatures that Shape New Zealand – He Whakaputanga, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, and the Women's Suffrage Petition. Listen to interviews, opinion, and more about the Treaty of Waitangi and related issues.

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Te Ara – Treaty of Waitangi: Reconstruction of the treaty signing (video)

This short video is a 2011 dramatic reconstruction of the first treaty signing at Waitangi in 1840. It shows the confusion and mixed motives among the Māori chiefs present.

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Te Ara – Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories

This section of Te Ara provides teaching and learning resources, including multimedia media iwi stories, and aimed at increasing understanding of the past by exploring Treaty settlements and their enduring impact.

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NZHistory: Ngā Wāhi – Treaty Signing Occasions

The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed 6 February 1840. Over the next seven months, nine copies of the treaty (including the Waitangi sheet) were signed at many different locations. This video from the He Tohu exhibition shows where and when the sheets were signed as they traveled around the country. Select the links below the video to find information about each signing occasion, and the chiefs who signed at them.

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NZHistory: Waitangi, home of the Treaty – roadside stories

The Treaty of Waitangi, signed at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands on the 6th of February 1840 by Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown. This video with treanscript tells the story of the signing of the Treaty, the Treaty House, and the importance of the Waitangi Tribunal.

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Ministry of Education Instructional Series search – Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Search the School Journal series for articles that focus on the Treaty of Waitangi. These items include teacher support material, and may have audio or re–usable content. Use the keywords Treaty of Waitangi to retrieve two key articles and a graphic novel.

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