Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage is embarking on a large national research project aimed at increasing public understanding of New Zealand’s Treaty settlements and their impact.
Te Taiwhakaea Treaty Settlement Stories 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. Te Tai will offer a rich and compelling source of new information and a range of perspectives that will assist New Zealanders understand and reflect on these events more fully.
The Ministry will commission research from leading historians to collaborate with its expert staff. We will also collaborate with other Ministries, research institutions, wananga and universities. Iwi and hapū are important research partners for this project and will be vital in bringing forth their stories.
Through this project the Ministry will continue to build on its established reputation in producing authoritative and accessible digital publications including its Te Ara, NZHistory and 28th Māori Battalion websites.
Why is this project important?
The Treaty settlement process is unique and historically significant. New Zealand’s Treaty settlements are a unique aspect of our contemporary society and are central to the making of modern New Zealand; they will lead significant change in communities throughout the country.
To date there has been no over-arching history that records the perspectives of all participants. This project will fill that gap and provide information for present and future generations to understand the significance of this milestone in our nation’s history.
Time is also running out to gather first-hand the experiences of the many people involved in early Treaty settlements.
How can I get involved?
Te Tai is a priority project for Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage and we thank our partners, the Ministry of Justice - Tāhū o te Ture, and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori the Māori Language Commission, for their primary support. We are seeking support for the project and are interested in a range of collaborations and partnerships.
We invite you to discuss or contact us for more information.
Dr Monty Soutar, Senior Māori Historian
027 5100 234
Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian
(04) 499 4229 ext 220