The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi is a foundational document for New Zealand. Signed in 1840 by more than 540 rangatira and representatives of the British Crown, the Treaty set out an agreement between Māori and the European newcomers that remains central to this country’s cultural and political life.
Claudia Orange’s writing on the Treaty has contributed to New Zealanders’ understanding of this history for over thirty years. In this new edition of her popular illustrated history, Dr Orange brings the narrative of Te Tiriti/Treaty up to date, covering major developments in iwi claims and Treaty settlements – including the ‘personhood’ established for the Whanganui River and Te Urewera, applications for customary title in the foreshore and seabed, and critical matters of intellectual property, language and political partnership.
New Zealand’s commitment to the Treaty claims process has far-reaching implications for this country’s future, and this clear account provides readers with invaluable insights into an all-important history.
The Treaty of Waitangi by Claudia Orange was first published in 1987 to national acclaim, receiving the Goodman Fielder Wattie Award. This widely respected history has since advanced through several new editions. The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Illustrated History is the most comprehensive account yet, presented in full colour and drawing on Dr Orange’s recent research into the nine sheets of the Treaty and their signatories.
‘Claudia Orange is an outstanding New Zealand historian. Her long-standing
commitment to public history and Treaty education sets a standard to which
most of us can only aspire. Books such as this will continue to influence how
New Zealanders view and value the past for years to come.’
Aroha Harris, Associate Professor of History, University of Auckland
‘That it has taken so long for the moral force of the Treaty to change the course
of events, as it is doing now, is a commentary not on the weakness of the Treaty
itself but on the powerful ethos of colonialism. This book is commended to
all who love their country.’
Ranginui Walker DCNZM, reviewing the first edition of The Treaty of Waitangi published in 1987
‘Claudia Orange has made an extraordinary contribution to the important
national conversation relating to the Treaty of Waitangi and to New Zealanders’
understanding of ourselves – our history and our identity. Her work remains
a cornerstone of research related to the Treaty and it is difficult to overstate
the impact it has had on scholarly and public understanding.’
Carwyn Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington
‘Claudia Orange’s scholarship on the Treaty of Waitangi has been amongst
the most influential contributions to New Zealand’s developing understanding
of the agreement signed in 1840. I don’t know of any other work on the
Treaty which has endured in this manner and engaged so many people.
Her contribution to our development as a nation is vast and invaluable.’
Janine Hayward, Professor of Politics, University of Otago