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Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi

Terms 1 and 2, 2018

Te Tiriti o Waitangi is New Zealand's founding document. How did the Treaty come to be? 

Missionary station at Ourou (Orua Bay) on the Manukau Harbour, about 1840. This sheltered bay is thought to be the site of one of the Auckland region Treaty signings.

Auckland War Memorial Museum - Tāmaki Paenga Hira. PD-1963-8-25.

Year levels 1-8, maximum 30 students
$5 per student for a one-hour session
Terms 1 and 2, 2018
Auckland Museum Hotunui, He Taonga Māori (Māori Court)
Curriculum Links
Social Sciences: levels 1 - 6 
Health and Physical Education: levels 1 - 4 
Related galleries and exhibitions
Te Ao Tūroa gallery, Te Tiriti o Waitangi exhibition, Scars on the Heart gallery, Tā Moko exhibition

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Māori and Pākehā began a relationship from the time of Cook. What did this relationship look like? What caused the need for a treaty? What did the treaty intend?

We explore these questions and so much more through storytelling, discussion, role play and/or digital technology.

Your students will:

  • discover the world as it was in 1840 and the events that lead to the signing
  • compare and contrast the uniqueness of these two cultures through our handling collection
  • explore the future of our founding document

These programmes are funded by the Ministry of Education.