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. Included is the 2018 Essay by Jen Margaret as well as the 2015 publication which includes reflections from previous essayists.