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Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories

New Zealand’s Treaty settlements are a unique aspect of our contemporary society. They are vital in shaping our identity and central to the making of modern New Zealand; they will lead to significant changes in communities throughout the country. Yet many New Zealanders know little about Te Tiriti o Waitangi or Treaty settlements, and question their validity. Along with other government agencies we are embarking on a journey with iwi to tell the stories of our Treaty settlements and celebrate their positive impact.

Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories is a new history project from the Research and Publishing teams at Manatū Taonga, Ministry for Culture and Heritage to capture and publish stories about New Zealand’s Treaty settlements and their impact. We're currently working on our first iwi story in partnership with Ngāti Awa and will release it in 2018.

About the project

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.

Te Tai Treaty Settlement Stories will produce a comprehensive bilingual 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 help New Zealanders understand and reflect on these events more fully.

Iwi and hapū are important research partners for this project and will be vital in bringing forth their stories. We'll also commission research from leading historians to collaborate with our expert staff as well as working with other ministries, research institutions, wananga and universities. 

Through this project we will continue to build on our established reputation in producing authoritative and accessible digital publications like Te Ara, NZHistory and the 28th Māori Battalion website.

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, the Ministry of Education – Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga, and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori – 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, monty.soutar@mch.govt.nz

Neill Atkinson, Chief Historian, (04) 499 4229 ext 220, neill.atkinson@mch.govt.nz


Updated on 17th November 2017