The Story of a Treaty

The Story of a Treaty

The Treaty of Waitangi is a central document in New Zealand history. This lively account tells the story of the Treaty from its signing in 1840 through the debates and struggles of the nineteenth century to the gathering political momentum of recent decades.

The second edition of this popular book brings the story up to the present. New illustrations enrich the history, giving life to the events as they unfold. Printed in full colour, The Story of a Treaty will continue as a superb introduction to Treaty history for future generations.

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Table of contents

1. An Independent New Zealand
2. Making a Treaty
3. Kāwanatanga and Rangatiratanga: Government Authority and Chiefly Authority
4. The Colonial Government Takes Charge: 1870–1900
5. Into the Twentieth Century: 1900–1975
6. The Treaty Takes Centre Stage: 1975–1990
7. Looking to the Future: 1990–2012


Print publication:
Ebook publication: Dec 2015
Pages: 176
RRP: $29.99
ISBN: 9781927131442
ISTC: A0220120000213FA
DOI: 10.7810/9781927131442

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Media coverage

Hear Claudia Orange discuss perspectives on Waitangi Day with Wallace Chapman on RadioLIVE.

Listen to Claudia Orange discussing 'The Story of a Treaty' with Radio Waatea.

Read a review of The Story of a Treaty from the Winter issue of Te Karaka


Winner of the Best Book in Secondary Publishing at the 2013 CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards