Recommended reading and resources

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

This packaged set includes 5 booklets, each focusing on a slightly different area of Treaty history.

You can download all of the resources here:

  • 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

Many historians contributed to the material in these booklets to ensure they are as accurate and balanced as possible. Designed with all New Zealanders in mind, and are a ‘must have’ in every household.

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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.