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He Whakaputanga: The Declaration of Independence of NZ

He Whakaputanga: The Declaration of Independence of NZ

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  • Thu 15 Feb ’18, 5:30pm – 6:30pm


Te Ahumairangi Ground Floor, National Library, cnr Molesworth & Aitken Streets, Thorndon, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Free Admission


National Library

He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni: The Declaration of Independence of New Zealand.

In this conversation, Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery will discuss He Whakaputanga/The Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi with chair Carwyn Jones.

Independence was a powerful assertion of mana and rangatiratanga. Signed by fifty-two rangatira between 1835 and 1839, it was followed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. In this conversation, Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery will discuss these two iconic documents with chair Carwyn Jones. Speaking to the history of these documents over nearly two centuries, the panel will also reflect on their significance in twenty-first century New Zealand.

Dame Claudia Orange is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She has published widely on Treaty of Waitangi issues, early New Zealand history and twentieth-century race relations.

Morgan Godfery (Te Pahipoto, Lalomanu) is a Wellington based writer who specialises in Maori issues and politics. He is the editor of The Interregnum: Rethinking New Zealand (BWB, 2016).

Dr. Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi, legal issues affecting Māori, and indigenous legal traditions. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (2016) and co-editor of the Māori Law Review.

Free event and guided tour: A guided tour of He Tohu and the document room will take place at 4:50pm before the event.

Please email - contact@hetohu.nz with ‘’He Whakaputanga’ in the subject line to book. Meet at the entrance of He Tohu at 4:45pm.

Partnership with Bridget Williams Books.

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