People in our group:


It is important to learn about the Treaty of Waitangi because:

  • We need to learn from our mistakes and move forward
  • We need to learn about New Zealand's Ancestors
  • The rights of Maori were abused and it is important to learn how there has been and still needs much more restoration
  • We are New Zealanders and it is a part of our history


Websites for information on the Treaty of Waitangi

Task 1

Examine the effects of early European contact and the responses of Maori.
  1. What was pre European New Zealand like?
  2. How did Māori respond to the early Europeans?
  3. What were the effects of early Europeans on Māori?

Task 2

Explore and analyse the reasons why British presented Māori with a Treaty in 1840.
  1. Why did the British present Māori with a Treaty?


Task 3

Examine the Treaty itself and analyse the issues around the interpretation of the Treaty.
  1. What does the Treaty of Waitangi say?
  2. What is sovereignty?
  3. Why are there issues around the interpretation of the Treaty of Waitangi?



Taks 4

Give reasons for why some Māori signed the Treaty and some did not.
  1. Who signed the Treaty of Waitangi?
  2. Why did some people choose to sign the Treaty of Waitangi?
  3. Why did some people choose not sign the Treaty of Waitangi?

Task 5

Explore the British assertions of sovereignty through war and law.
  1. Why did some Maori protest after the signing of the Treaty?
  2. What caused the New Zealand Wars?
  3. What happened during the New Zealand Wars?
  4. How long did the New Zealand Wars last?
  5. What stopped the New Zealand Wars?

Task 6

Investigate the role of the Waitangi Tribunal in relation to Treaty Grievance issues in the 20th and 21st centuries.
  1. What are the Principles of the Treaty of Waitangi?
  2. What is the role of the Waitangi Tribunal?
  3. Why is the Treaty of Waitangi relevant to us today?

Task 7

Predict what New Zealand would be like without a Treaty.
  1. Would New Zealand be any different if the Treaty of Waitangi did not exist?
  2. Justify your thoughts by giving reasons for both sides of the argument to Q1.