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13P400A Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi

13P400A Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi

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  • Tue 26 Feb ’13, 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Thu 28 Mar ’13, 9:00am – 1:00pm


Rutherford House, 23 Lambton Quay, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Full registration: $684.25

When speaking about the Treaty an observer once commented, "From something so simple has formed somewhat of a Picasso painting. We are all left wondering where the head is."

Informative and insightful, this course will help you to understand how the story of the Treaty is pieced together. You will explore the past to learn and understand more about Maori perspectives on the Treaty and its position in present-day New Zealand society.

Who should attend:
- Pitched at an introductory level, this course is suitable for those with little to no understanding of the Treaty.

Learning objectives:
- Gain an understanding of what the Treaty was intended to achieve in 1840
- Examine significant events in the history of the Treaty from a Maori perspective. Gain an understanding of why Maori today react the way they do over Treaty issues
- Analyse what the Treaty has come to mean to contemporary New Zealand society
- Discuss the Treaty's possible position in future New Zealand society

Course outline:
Participants will learn about the Treaty of Waitangi and its relevance to all New Zealanders in both a historical and contemporary context. The course examines the Treaty and related political, economic and social issues.
- Nature of traditional Maori culture
- Who were the chiefs?
- What is Maori customary law?
- What made the society tick?
- Treaty in a historical context, including the early settler contact period, the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
- Key debates surrounding the Treaty (including the translation issues). Visit to the National Archives to view the Treaty (if time permits)
- Recent developments including the Maori 'renaissance', Treaty legislation of the mid-'80s, the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal, the early Treaty settlement phase and foreshore and seabed legislation
- Constitutional importance of the Treaty, with reference to landmark Treaty jurisprudence and leading commentary such as The White Paper and UN reporting
- Treaty policy in the context of wider Government policy and practice and, specifically, bicultural models of development and application within their own organisations and the public sector
- Tools for applying Treaty principles to your workplace.

Early bird discount available until 28 days prior to the course start date.

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