Te Tiriti o Waitangi sets out the relationship between hapū and the Crown, providing a place for us all to belong and live here in harmony as Tangata Tiriti and Tangata Whenua. Te Tiriti has in effect been ignored by the dominant system until very recently, and even then at best only imperfectly taken into consideration, and Māori have suffered mightily as a consequence. NWO supports the restoration of Tino Rangatiratanga by Tangata Whenua and we are committed to Te Tiriti as the framework for a multicultural and Strongly Sustainable future. Its implementation requires development of the honourable Kāwanatanga envisioned in Te Tiriti, which we believe is essential to collective and individual wellbeing for all.
NWO recognises the text in te reo as the Treaty.
No English language version was present at Waitangi on 6 February 1840.
Any NWO references to the Treaty/Te Tiriti are to that text in te reo.
All 5 aspects of the Treaty need to be taken together as a whole and as a follow-on to the 1835 Declaration of Independence – He Wakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni.
Preamble: Peace with justice for all
Article 1: Practising honourable KĀWANATANGA
Article 2: Promoting TINO RANGATIRATANGA by Tangata Whenua
Article 3: Maori participation in Kāwanatanga in ways determined by Maori in relation to tikanga
Article 4: Everybody’s belief systems upheld
This work supports the kaupapa of the restoration of Tino Rangatiratanga by Tangata Whenua and the establishment of honourable Kāwanatanga by the Crown. Through developing this understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi we can assist in the process of working toward a Treaty-based, multicultural future. Currently, Te Tiriti o Waitangi is usually seen as relating almost exclusively to Māori but in a Treaty-based future it will be seen as relevant to all of us, with all political relationships between Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti based on it.
We promote Sustainable Development and have a strong commitment to taking a Community Development approach so our workshops and other activities are designed to start where people are at and are non-confrontational. See Strong Sustainability for NZ.
NWO is an educational incorporated society with registered charitable status. Our Charities Services number is “CC1471115”. Apart from relevant legislative and some funding requirements, NWO is independent of government, business interests and political parties. We accept koha in recognition of our work on the basis of what individuals and groups can afford, while taking into account the need to ensure that any amounts paid to us will not disadvantage Mana Whenua planning and will not put people off engaging in the workshops and other activities. We are part of a wider national network of groups and individuals.
In a speech in Wellington on 17 August 2006, Dr Pita Sharples referred to the words spoken by Captain William Hobson who signed Te Tiriti on behalf of the British Crown ‘He iwi kotahi tātou’ meaning ‘Now we are one people’. Dr Sharples notes:
“As Nelson Mandela had said, ‘It is difficult to negotiate with those who do not share the same frame of reference’. If we are able to recognise and come to have a shared view of this political document called the Treaty of Waitangi, as our shared frame of reference, then and only then, can we perhaps say – He iwi kotahi tātou”.
In 2000, Sarah Hoult completed an examination of Project Waitangi Otautahi/Network Waitangi Otautahi as an example of Pakeha engagement with the Treaty. Her essay ‘A Study of Project/Network Waitangi’ outlines the origins aims and tactics of Project Waitangi and then beyond 1990, the origins, aims and tactics of Network Waitangi.