Our sources, recommended reading, and resources

Find further reading resources about te Tiriti o Waitangi | Treaty of Waitangi from other publications and websites, along with our research references informing the video projection in our exhibition Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Ngā tohu kotahitanga | Treaty of Waitangi: Signs of a Nation.

Our research references

This list of references informed our research for the video projection in Te Tiriti o Waitangi: Ngā tohu kotahitanga | Treaty of Waitangi: Signs of a Nation:

Recommended websites

The Tangata Tiriti Easy Read book about the Treaty of Waitangi

The Easy Read book with 106 pages of easy-read text and beautiful images about the Treaty of Waitangi gives a concise history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi, from the 1835 Declaration to modern-day protest and settlements.

View the book on the Tangata Tiriti website.

About the Treaty of Waitangi in NZSL

A series of seven videos in New Zealand Sign Language. The videos are a translation of the chapters of the Easy Read book about the Treaty of Waitangi, written by Nicolina Newcombe and published by Tangata Tiriti.

View the videos on the Tangata Tiriti website.

Christchurch City Libraries

This website covers the same background and facts that many of the others do. However, a point of difference is its insight into the aftermath of the signing, such as what was not honoured and disputes between Māori and the Crown.

Visit the Christchurch City Library: After the Treaty of Waitangi signings website.

Human Rights and the Treaty of Waitangi

This site is part of the Human Rights Commission strategy looking at human rights and Treaty rights in contemporary New Zealand. Unique to this site are personal stories from members of the public on the Treaty of Waitangi and case studies of people wanting to protect or enable their Treaty rights.

Visit the Human rights and the Treaty of Waitangi on the Human Rights Commission’s website.

Te Ara: New Zealand Online Encyclopaedia

Visit Government and nation on the Te Ara website

The Treaty of Waitangi

This link from Archives New Zealand shows images of the nine Treaty sheets and offers additional information.

Visit The Treaty of Waitiangi on the Archives New Zealand website.

New Zealand History Online

Read about the background of the Treaty and the Treaty timeline. Looking for answers to specific questions? If so visit the FAQ section which answers common questions in a succinct easy manner.

Visit the New Zealand History website.

Waitangi Tribunal website

This website effectively answers queries based around the Waitangi Tribunal. Visitors to the website can visit three sections of the website to learn about the claims process, inquiries and view reports. There is also a very helpful section on information for schools which covers frequently asked questions regarding the Waitangi Tribunal and claims.

Visit the Waitangi Tribunal website.

Office of Treaty Settlements

This is a great beginning for researching about the Treaty of Waitangi. On this website you can:

  • Get information about the Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlements

  • Get a view of progress on settlements by seeing their quarterly report

  • See some of New Zealand’s founding documents

  • Find out about the Treaty of Waitangi

  • Find out about Waitangi day

Visit the Office of Treaty Settlements – now Te Arawhiti | The Office for Māori Crown Relations website.

Recommended reading list

  • Belgrave, M. Historical Frictions: Māori Claims and Reinvented, Auckland University Press, 2005

  • Belgrave, M., Kawharu, M., & Williams, D. (Eds). Waitangi Revisited: Perspectives on the Treaty of Waitangi Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2004

  • Boon, Kevin, The Treaty of Waitangi, Waiatarau Publishers, Auckland, 1999

  • Brownlie, Ian, Treaties and Indigenous Peoples, Clarendon Press, England, 1992

  • Calman, Ross, The Treaty of Waitangi, Reed, Auckland, 2003

  • Consedine R, & Consedine J, Healing our History: The Challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi, Penguin,New Zealand, 2001,

  • Cubitt, Irvine and Dow, Top Tools for Social Sciences Teachers, Longman, Auckland, 1999

  • Grace, Wiremu and illustrated by Potter, Bruce, The Tree Hut Treaty children’s story book, Treaty of Waitangi Information Unit

  • Harris, Aroha, Hīkoi: Forty Years of Māori Protest, Huia Publishers, Wellington, 2004

  • King, Michael, The Penguin History of New Zealand, Penguin Books Ltd, Auckland, 2003

  • Miller, John, Early Victorian New Zealand: A Study of Racial Tension and Social Attitudes, Oxford University Press, Wellington, 1839 -1852

  • Belgrave, M., Historical Frictions: Maori Claims and Reinvented, Auckland University Press, 2005

Booklet set from NZ History

Five booklets focusing on different areas of Treaty history:

  • All about the Treaty

  • Timeline of the Treaty

  • The story of the Treaty part 1

  • The story of the Treaty part 2

  • The journey of the Treaty

Download these booklets from nzhistory.net.nz.