Te Tiriti books

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: 6 Huitanguru 2024

Kia Tūpato: let’s begin this kōrero (in somewhat turbulent times) with a waiata from Morvin Simon:

And as we pause — kia maumaharatia anō Te Tiriti o Waitangi, me hora te aroha engari anō te rirhau, spread love not anger — ngā kupu mōhio nō ō tātou rangatira:

Here are some resources for Te Rā o Waitangi, gathered from ngā hau e whā…

Listen to a kōrero with Moana Jackson, constitutional lawyer, about the Treaty of Waitangi, from the He Tohu exhibition at the National Library (open for visiting on Waitangi Day):

Read the full transcript of the interview on the National Library’s website.

From our catalogue

Ka whawhai tonu mātou = Struggle without end / Walker, Ranginui
” This is a revised edition of Dr Ranginui Walker’s best-selling history of Aotearoa, New Zealand, from a Māori perspective. Since the mid-nineteenth century, Maori have been involved in an endless struggle for justice, equality and self-determination. In this book Dr Walker provides a uniquely Māori view, not only of the events of the past two centuries but beyond to the very origins of Māori people. In this updated edition Dr Walker has added new chapters covering the years of 1990, the flowering of the Māori culture and the growth of Māori political and economic power. Issues such as the foreshore and seabed legislation, the hikoi and Don Brash’s Orewa speech are discussed.” (Catalogue)

Colonising myths — Māori realities : he rukuruku whakaaro / Mikaere, Annabel
“This book brings together a series of papers that reflects on the effect of Pakeha law, legal processes, and teaching on Māori legal thought and practice.” (Catalogue)

New treaty, new tradition : reconciling New Zealand and Māori law / Jones, Carwyn
“Māori author and legal scholar Carwyn Jones provides a nuanced analysis, enhanced by storytelling, of the New Zealand land claims process to draw attention to the cultural implications of Indigenous self-determination, settlement negotiations, and reconciliation projects around the globe.” (Catalogue)

The Treaty on the ground : where we are headed, and why it matters / edited by Rachael Bell, Margaret Kawharu, Kerry Taylor, Michael Belgrave & Peter Meihana
“The coalface reality of honouring the Treaty of Waitangi in today’s law, local government, education, health, social services and more.” (Catalogue)

The Treaty of Waitangi = Te Tiriti o Waitangi : an illustrated history (Fully revised and updated edition) / Orange, Claudia
“In this new edition of her popular illustrated history, Dr Orange brings the narrative of Te Tiriti/Treaty up to date, covering major developments in iwi claims and Treaty settlements – including the ‘personhood’ established for the Whanganui River and Te Urewera, applications for customary title in the foreshore and seabed, and critical matters of intellectual property, language and political partnership” (Catalogue)

He Kupu Taurangi : Treaty settlements and the future of Aotearoa New Zealand / Finlayson, Christopher
“Between 2008 and 2017, an unprecedented number of Treaty of Waitangi settlements were completed with iwi and hapū across New Zealand. As Minister for Treaty of Waitangi Negotiations, Christopher Finlayson led this work on behalf of the Crown. In doing so, he gained unique insights into the elements of successful negotiations and developed ground-breaking legal innovations that enabled settlements to be reached. In He Kupu Taurangi, the authors tell the story of the challenges and successes of New Zealand’s Treaty Settlements project. They cover themes including apologies, financial and cultural redress, natural resources, co-governance and the establishment of legal entities. They pay particular attention to the landmark Whanganui River and Ngāi Tūhoe settlements, which have become internationally recognised. Finally, the authors look ahead to consider how to ensure Treaty settlements last the distance and what the next steps are in the Treaty relationship between Māori and the Crown” (Catalogue)

‘A bloody difficult subject’ : Ruth Ross, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the making of history / Attwood, Bain
“Ruth Ross is hardly a household name, yet most New Zealanders today owe the way they understand the Treaty of Waitangi – or te Tiriti o Waitangi as Ross called it – to this remarkable woman’s path-breaking historical research. Taking us on a journey from small university classes and a lively government department in the nation’s war-time capital to an economically poor but culturally rich Maori community in the far north, and from tiny schools and cloistered university offices to parliamentary committees and a legal tribunal, Attwood enables us to grasp how and why the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand law, politics, society and culture has been transformed in the last seven decades. A frank and moving meditation on the making of history and its advantages and disadvantages for life in a democratic society, A Bloody Difficult Subject is a surprising story full of unforeseen circumstances, unexpected twists, unlikely turns and unanticipated outcomes.” (Catalogue)

Imagining decolonisation / Elkington, Bianca
“Seeks to demystify decolonisation using illuminating, real-life examples. By exploring the impact of colonisation on Māori and non-Māori alike, Imagining decolonisation presents a transformative vision of a country that is fairer for all.” (Catalogue)

Online resources

Did you know that your library card gives you access to numerous collections from the award-winning New Zealand publisher Bridget Williams Books? Today we’d like to draw your attention to their outstanding home for online resources regarding the Treaty of Waitangi.

To access this Bridget Williams Books collection, simply head over to our eLibrary resources and scroll down to find Bridget Williams Books. Follow that link to access the collection. You will need your library card number and your pin to login. Here’s a sneak peek of some of the titles available:

Some BWB titles, including Judith Binney's Stories Without End, and Encircled Lands; and The Waitangi Tribunal, edited by Janine Hayward and Nicola Wheen
Some BWB titles, including Judith Binney’s Stories Without End, and Encircled Lands; and The Waitangi Tribunal, edited by Janine Hayward and Nicola Wheen

And from other sources (he mihi atu ki a RNZ, NZ On Screen, and again, Bridget Williams Books):

Browse NZ On Screen’s Waitangi Collection. Here’s a sneak peek of what’s available, a full length episode of award-winning te reo series Whare Taonga:



And if you prefer just audio, here’s a link to RNZ’s annual series, Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures.

And here’s Bishop Vercoe’s speech at Waitangi in 1990, with Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh present (Te Ara).

And lastly, again from Bridget Williams Books, here’s Moana Jackson’s talk at the launch of Imagining Decolonisation (a BWB Talk):

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