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Te matawai i te Tiriti The Treaty of Waitangi up close

British representatives wrote the Treaty in a hurry, then spent seven months working to get as many rangatira

  rangatirachiefsMāori | noun
 to sign it as possible. But the Treaty meant different things to different people.

Find out what the Treaty said, and see why it has caused so much debate – both in 1840 when it was signed and now.

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Nā ngā māngai o Ingarangi te Tiriti i tuhi i runga i te horo, kātahi ka oke mō te whitu marama kia hainatia e te tokomaha ka taea o ngā rangatira Māori. Engari he rerekē te tikanga o te Tiriti ki tēnā, ki tēnā.

Kei pātata mai ngā kupu o te Tiriti e whakaatu ana he aha i nui ai ngā tautohetohe i te hainatanga i 1840 – me nāianei.

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This content was originally written for the Treaty2U website in partnership with National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and Archives New Zealand Te Rua Mahara o Te Kāwanatanga in 2008, and reviewed in 2020.