Te Tiriti o Waitangi | The Treaty of Waitangi

There is an increasing awareness of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the English language version, of the Treaty of Waitangi and the meaning and effect of the agreement. This includes a greater awareness and growing understanding of the articles and the principles of the Treaty and the relationship it guaranteed including its rights, obligations and responsibilities of the parties (rangatira Māori and the Queen of England / the Crown) to each other.

In many quarters there is considerable effort being made across the country to recognise and uphold treaty-based relationships in a manner that is consistent with the articles and the principles of Te Tiriti.

Despite its meaning and effect the Treaty continues to spark significant debate and contention. This is not surprising given it is a fundamentally important constitutional basis for different (but not mutually exclusive) sites of political authority. Where there is a power imbalance there is almost always contention and a need for reconciliation.

Adding to this, many New Zealanders have not been afforded the opportunity to understand its historical and contemporary context, largely only being exposed to soundbites from news reports which tend to accentuate division and personal opinion, often devoid of facts and relevant contexts.

Whatever the motivations prompting organisations to acknowledge the Treaty’s significance, it is becoming a widely accepted business norm in Aotearoa New Zealand to provide opportunities for boards, leadership teams and staff to advance their knowledge and education on this very important and relevant topic. We wholeheartedly support organisations in this endeavour and welcome the opportunity to work with people in all sectors to develop your understanding and stimulate thinking about the Treaty’s practical application.

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    Our programme is led by subject matter expert Moana Tuwhare. For two decades Moana has dedicated her career to the advancement of Treaty issues in various legal and political arenas. In a previous role as coordinating counsel for Te Paparahi o Te Raki (Northland) Waitangi Tribunal Stage 1 Inquiry, she was directly involved in the hearing process which produced the key finding on the meaning and effect of He Whakaputanga and Te Tiriti in 1840 and continues to stay abreast of Treaty-based initiatives and legal and political developments. With a combination of communication skills and extensive knowledge of the Treaty, she provides a safe environment for any and all questions, challenges and debates to take place.
    For more information on Moana’s background, click here.

    We offer Tiriti o Waitangi training sessions to organisations large and small looking to enhance their understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its relevance to their organisation and role in society and business development.

    Our Tiriti o Waitangi programme will expand your knowledge of the Treaty’s fundamentals and can be tailored to your professional context. We recognise that your organisation may be on a learning journey, and we encourage growth and reflection. We are here to support your journey.

    Te Tiriti o Waitangi

    Historical Context

    • Pre-1840 context
    • He Whakaputanga – The Declaration of Independence
    • 1840 context and dynamics
    • Treaty signings and issues in translation
    • Oral and written guarantees
    • The meaning and effect of the Treaty from both Māori

    Contemporary Context

    • The Waitangi Tribunal
    • Te Tiriti / Treaty principles
    • Impacts of breaches of Te Tiriti / The Treaty
    • Treaty settlements overview
    • Relevance of Te Tiriti to organisations in Aotearoa New Zealand in the 2020s
    • Strengthening Treaty-based relationships and partnership approaches with Māori

    This programme can be delivered in-house or at a marae or other suitable venue by arrangement. The topics covered may vary based on the progression of the session and can be adjusted based on the relative levels of understanding, and the specific needs and interests of your organisation.