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Current Treaty projects

Learn about Treaty projects currently being undertaken by Government agencies.

Treaty Settlement Histories Project

The Treaty Settlement Histories Project will produce a comprehensive account of the recent history of Treaty of Waitangi settlements from all perspectives. It will produce historical narratives that combine scholarly rigour with popular appeal. Manatū Taonga - the Ministry for Culture and Heritage will lead the project and commission research from leading historians to collaborate with its expert staff. We will also collaborate more widely with other Ministries, research institutions and universities. Iwi and hapū are important research partners for this project and collaboration will be vital to bring forth their stories. The Ministry of Justice has led with an initial contribution to the project, in keeping with its sector wide role in the Treaty Settlement process.

Māori women signatories to the Treaty

In total, 39 rangatira (chiefs) signed the English version and 540 rangatira – including 13 women signed the Māori version. This Ministry for Culture and Heritage scoping project seeks to offer more biographical information about these women.

Ngā Tohu – Treaty Signatories

In 1840 more than 500 rangatira (chiefs) signed the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, which was an agreement between Māori and the British Crown.

When complete, Ngā Tohu – Treaty Signatories will include biographical information on every signatory of the Treaty of Waitangi that can be identified. Some of those who signed are well-known, while about others we know almost nothing, other than that they signed the treaty.

We have based information on the probable identities of the signatories mainly on two sources, Miria Simpson’s 1990 book Ngā tohu o te Tiriti: making a mark and Claudia Orange’s books on the Treaty of Waitangi.

Much of the biographical information has come from utilising secondary sources, including online digitised sources.  In some cases information available is unclear or contradictory.  The biographical information will be amended and changed as we received corrections or additional information.

We are keen to expand the information about signatories of Ngā Tohu over time. So if you have further information about any of the signatories, especially those about whom we have little information, please get in touch by either leaving a comment on a biography page, or by emailing info@nzhistory.net.nz.

Ngā Tohu – Treaty Signatories: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/treaty/signatories


Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - New Zealand Women and the Vote

On 19 September 1893 the governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

In most other democracies – including Britain and the United States – women did not win the right to the vote until after the First World War. New Zealand’s world leadership in women’s suffrage became a central part of our image as a trail-blazing ‘social laboratory’.

Published on: 13 Sep 2013

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  • Mobi: 978-0-478- 39835-9

Further Information

This eBook was compiled by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage from content that originally appeared online on the NZHistory website and the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, part of Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - Āpirana Turupa Ngata

Ko Tā Āpirana Ngata tētahi o ngā tangata tino rongonui o te motu. Ka mahi tahi ia me ngā rangatira o te motu me ō rātou iwi. Koia te mema Māori mō te Tai Rāwhiti, ā, ka rapu ia i te pūtea kawanatanga hei tautoko i te whakatipu whenua Māori. Ko tōna tino hiahia ko te whakakaha ake i ngā hapori Māori me te whakatairanga ake i ngā tikanga Māori.

Ngāti Porou leader and politician Āpirana Ngata is one of New Zealand's best-known figures. Working through traditional tribal structures and as MP for Eastern Māori, he pressed for state-funded Māori land development. His wider aim was to strengthen Māori communities and revive Māori culture.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013

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  • Mobi: 978-0-478-39827-4

Further Information

This biography of Āpirana Turupa Ngata from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and English. See also a shorter biography on NZHistory.

Read about Āpirana Ngata's influence on ahuwhenua – Māori land and agriculture on Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read about the Ngāti Porou iwi on Te Ara.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - Hongi Hika

Ko Hongi Hika he pūkenga, he rangatira kaha i uru ki ngā pakanga o te pū okaoka. Nāna i rerekē te noho a ngā iwi, ki tēnā rohe, ki tēnā rohe, huri noa te motu.

Hongi Hika was a skilled and driven Ngāpuhi leader who became one of the pivotal figures of the musket wars. His actions led to a major redistribution of the Māori population, particularly in the North Island.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013

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  • Mobi: ISBN 978-0-478- 39831-1

Further Information

This biography of Hongi Hika from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and English. See also a shorter biography on NZHistory.

Read about Hongi Hika's involvement in the musket wars (1810s–1840s) on NZHistory and Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read about the Ngāpuhi iwi on Te Ara.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - Rangitīaria Dennan

Nō Ngāti Tarāwhai a Rangitīaria Dennan, ā, ko 'Guide Rangi' tōna īngoa i mōhiotia whānuitia. I ārahina e ia ngā tūruhi ki ngā ngāwhā i Whakarewarewa, Rotorua mō ngā tau e 40.

Rangitīaria Dennan of Ngāti Tarāwhai, better known as 'Guide Rangi', escorted tourists around the thermal attractions at Whakarewarewa, Rotorua, for over 40 years.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013

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  • Mobi: ISBN 978-0-478-39833-5

Further Information

This biography of Rangitīaria Dennan from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and English.

Read more about the history of Māori tourism on Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - Te Puea Hērangi

Ko te Puea Hērangi he wahine rangatira nō Waikato. Nāna te marae o Tūrangawaewae i whakatū i ngā tekau tau 1920 me 1930. Ko tōna tino hiahia ko te hanga i tētehi kaupapa oranga mō te iwi. Kāore rātou i whai pūtea nā te rironga o ngā whenua i te muru raupatu i te tekau tau atu i 1860.

Te Puea Hērangi was an influential and effective Waikato leader who was largely responsible for the establishment of Tūrangawaewae marae during the 1920s and 1930s. Her aim was to build an economic base for her people, who had few resources following the confiscation of their land in the 1860s.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013

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  • Mobi: ISBN 978-0-478-39823-6

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This biography of Te Kirihaehae Te Puea Hērangi from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and in English. See also a shorter biography on NZHistory.

Read about the Kīngitanga – the Māori King movement on Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read about Tūrangawaewae marae on Te Ara or watch the Roadside Stories video about it on YouTube.

Read about Te Puea Hērangi's role in Māori resistance to conscription in the First World War on NZHistory.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

eBook - Te Rauparaha

Ko tētahi ingoa anō mō Te Rauparaha ko te Naporiana o te Tonga. Ko tēnei rangatira nō Ngāti Toa i ārahi i ngā iwi i Te Upoko o te Ika tata ki te 20 tau.

Known as the ‘Napoleon of the South’, this formidable Ngāti Toa leader ruled the lower part of the North Island from his base on Kapiti Island for the best part of 20 years.

Published on: 28 Jun 2013

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ISBN

  • Mobi: ISBN 978-0-478-39829-8

Further Information

This biography of Te Rauparaha from the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography is available in te reo Māori and English. See also a shorter biography on NZHistory.

Read about the Ngāti Toarangatira (Ngāti Toa) iwi on Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Read about Te Rauparaha's involvement in the musket wars (1810s–1840s) on Te Ara and NZHistory.

In June 1843 Te Rauparaha's Ngāti Toa tribe clashed with European settlers over land in the Wairau valley at Tuamarina. Read about the Wairau incident on NZHistory.

Te Rauparaha was arrested in 1846 following a series of skirmishes between local Māori and government over the purchase of land in the Wellington area. Read about the War in Wellington on NZHistory.

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Updated on 23rd July 2015

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