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 email@example.com.
Ngā Tohu – Treaty Signatories: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/treaty/signatories
Updated on 23rd July 2015