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NEW 2018 EDITION of the NWO Treaty poster
with the associated 1835 Declaration of Independence poster
The Treaty poster has a new expression in English of the text in Te Reo. This expression in English is also used in the 2018 edition of Treaty of Waitangi Questions and Answers - see item below.

NOTE: This ‘expression’ is the result of input that NWO has received from te reo speakers over many years after wide and open consultation. The most recent conversation has been with Professor Margaret Mutu. The text of the Declaration was supplied by Te Whakakotahitanga o nga Iwi o Aotearoa/The Maori Congress to NWO for distribution.

Hard, glossy, copies in colourof both the posters are available from NWO on the basis of koha
Treaty Of Waitangi Questions and Answers (2018)
This 56 page publication is the revised and updated fourth edition of Treaty of Waitangi Questions and Answers which was first published in 1989 by Network Waitangi.
Covering many historical and contemporary issues, it is for people who want to gain a basic knowledge about the Treaty of Waitangi and its implications, as well as for those who want to refresh and update their understanding. It includes a summary of legislation and events since 1840 which have breached the Treaty, and a comprehensive reading list for further information.
High resolution, hard copies are available from NWO for $5 + p&p.
5 Minute pre-Treaty Stories
This is a collection of short stories about encounters between between Maori and European prior to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. When digested collectively, a larger story unfolds. We are continuing to add to this collection. Latest additions made August 2018.
The Treaty of Waitangi in our National Life presentation by Morgan Godfery to NWO AGM on 12 October 2017.

NWO in a Nutshell
This is a recent summary of Network Waitangi Otautahi's approach.
Videos from the He Tohu exhibition (created by contributors and vistors)
He Tohu is a permanent exhibition at the National Library of three iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand: He Whakaputanga — Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand, Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Treaty of Waitangi and Women's Suffrage Petition — Te Petihana Whakamana Pōti Wahine.
Report of Matike Mai Aotearoa – The Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation
This report is the result of 252 hui between 2012 and 2015. The Working Group was established at a meeting of the Iwi Chairs’ Forum in 2010 with Terms of Reference:
“To develop and implement a model for an inclusive Constitution for Aotearoa based on tikanga and kawa, He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Niu Tireni of 1835, Te Tiriti o Waitangi of 1840, and other indigenous human rights instruments which enjoy a wide degree of international recognition”.
The Terms of Reference did not ask the Working Group to consider such questions as “How might the Treaty fit within the current Westminster constitutional system” but rather required it to seek advice on a different type of constitutionalism that is based upon He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti. For that reason this Report uses the term “constitutional transformation” rather than “constitutional change”.
Joan Cook Memorial Essay - State of the Nation speeches
Since 2006 the Treaty education group Network Waitangi Whangarei and Te Taumata Kaumatua o Ngapuhi have organised events in the north and invited different speakers to present an essay in memory of Joan Cook who was very active in Treaty work - they have come to be referred to as a 'State of the Nation' speech. This link now includes the 2018 Essay by Jen Margaret as well as the 2015 publication which includes reflections from previous essayists.
Commitment to a Treaty-based Multicultural New Zealand
This Federation of Multicultural Councils Multicultural New Zealand has shared this statement (on which NWO worked with them). This expression of their commitment to a Treaty-based multicultural future is made available for others to consider.
The Federation’s journey is one of six journeys referred to in the Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti online resource referred to below.
Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti
This PDF document is available from NWO in hard copies (b&w with coloured cover) for $5 + p&p.
This document is associated with the new on-line resource - Nga Rerenga o Te Tiriti: Community Organisations engaging with the Treaty.
Full colour copies are available from the publisher:
The link: goes to the home page for all the aspects of the resource.
This resource is designed primarily to be used online.
It provides reflections from Third Sector Organisations (TSOs) engaging with the Treaty at different stages of their Treaty voyages. While each organisation must track its own course the resource supports organisations by outlining preparatory steps and things to consider.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi-based practice in health promotion
This free comprehensive resource from STIR: Stop Institutional Racism offers guidance for all who work in the health sector to manage and develop their Treaty based practice ... and recognises power relationships and also the historical, political, and economic context.
“...... Perhaps more than anything else it is the hope and promise of such just-ness that te Tiriti most enshrines”.
Alternatives to Anti-Maori themes in the news media
The news media are not neutral or objective. Studies show that the news repeats and reinforces negative themes about Māori that date from the earliest days of colonisation. (read more...)
Documentary on Te Tiriti o Waitangi from France (in English)
Antoine Frere (ant1.frere at gmail), one of the French film makers of this recent documentary on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, has given permission for the above YouTube link to be made available through the NWO website. You can contact Antoine directly with any comments.
Tangata Tiriti - Treaty People
An interactive handbook on the Treaty of Waitangi
Copyright © 2006 Human Rights Commission first printing2009 Treaty Education for Migrant Group. Provided that correct acknowledgement is made, use of this material for not-for-profit purposes is encouraged; in other cases, please contact the Treaty Education for Migrants Group,
Ngapuhi Speaks
Ngapuhi Nui Tonu kaumatua decided to appoint an independent panel to attend all the Waitangi Tribunal hearings on WAI1040, conduct research and write a report. Published as a 400 page book 'Ngapuhi Speaks' this very readable report documents fully the evidence of elders presented at the hearings and is a major educational resource as well as a significant historical and political analysis.
Embedding Maori and Treaty Rights in our nation's constitution - what can each of us do?
A talk and conversation at the NWO 2010 AGM by Professor David V Williams, Professor of Law, Auckland/Tamaki Makaurau, on 4 November 2010. (Associated resources: Sykes lecture.)
Linguistic Evidence of Patu Hohepa to WAI1040
This is the evidence presented by Patu Hohepa to the Waitangi Tribunal in the matter of the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975 (as amended), and in the matter of the Te Paparahi O Te Raki Tribunal Inquiry, on 22 September 2010.
Brief of Evidence of Moana Jackson to WAI1040
This is the brief of evidence presented by Moana Jackson to the Waitangi Tribunal in the matter of the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, and claims in Te Paparahi O Te Raki Inquiry, on 13 September 2010.
A Treaty-Based Multicultural Future
This statement was prepared for the NZ Federation of Multicultural Councils' workshop at the Human Rights Commission Diversity Forum, Wellington, August 2009.
Developing a vision for the future of Aotearoa, by Mark Solomon
The Treaty of Waitangi is a partnership document that lets Ngai Tahu become engaged in important issues to advance the interests of the tribe and those of the wider community.
Justice Durie (DVD)
In this documentary we look at the influential factors in Justice Durie's life as well as the surrounding historical and political factors that lead to the articulation of a truth in Aotearoa-New Zealand's history. He has made the Treaty of Waitangi as relevant today as it was when it was first signed in 1840, says director of the documentary Moana Sinclair. Justice Durie has not only interpreted the Treaty to acknowledge Maori rights which has meant, in some cases, the return of their ancestral lands and resources but he has also found a place for non-Maori. This documentary is one man's personal journey working with the Treaty. NWO has a copy which we are happy to lend to members and friends. Copies can be purchased for $30.00 per DVD by sending an email to Moana Sinclair (address: requesting a copy. She will give her bank account and details so you can make an online payment and then she will send a copy of the DVD - provided you send an address and details!
Te Whare, The House (film)
This film was written as a historical parable to engage people with te Tiriti o Waitangi, the Treaty of Waitangi. (Read more here...) This resource is for use with adult New Zealanders, including young people from the age of about 15. Prior knowledge of the Treaty of Waitangi is not required. This film can be viewed online at
Earth Charter
The Earth Charter pays special attention to indigenous peoples (Principle 3, item 12). For more information, please visit
NWO submission to the Foreshore and Seabed Act Ministerial Review, 21 April 2009
This link records the NWO oral submission to the Foreshore and Seabed Act Ministerial Review meeting in Christchurch on 21 April 2009 - there were initially no other submitters so it was made unexpectedly! Feedback is welcome. The written submission made by NWO to the 2004 Bill is also included.
Becoming Tangata Tiriti: One Persons Story
Presentation at Kaiapoi on Waitangi Day 2008
Te Mana i Waitangi: Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi, by Bill Hamilton
at the NWO Indigenous Rights - A Win-Win? event on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (4th December 2007)
Treaty is about rights of all NZers
in The Press (Thursday 11 October 2007)
Sustaining Our Communities
(11 October 2007)
Who Owns the Water?, by Mark Solomon
Presentation to Engineers for Social Responsibility (09 October 2007)
UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples   i Te Reo
(02 October 2007)
The Relevance of the Treaty Today
(April 2007)

Last updated: 26/8/2018