Treaty of Waitangi

Image: Reconstruction of the Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Marcus King Archives New Zealand on Flickr

New Zealand’s National Day celebrates the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi, Te Tiri o Waitangi, on 6 February, 1840. The following links support curriculum research on this topic SCIS 1525202

Archives New Zealand - Te Rua Mahara o Kāwanatanga

Home of the Treaty of Waitangi. Includes brief timeline starting from 1840, and also images of the nine sheets of signatures.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Digital NZ

Digital NZ provides access to thousands of pictures, video, sounds and objects from New Zealand museums, libraries, galleries, archives and private institutions. You can also browse or create sets of images from the collections.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary


To discover information on the school work site ManyAnswers use the search term Treaty of Waitangi.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

New Zealand History Online

Provides extensive links and appropriate easy to read sub-sections. Includes Ngā Tohu, which has information about the Treaty of Waitangi signatories and locations.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Archive of selected New Zealand television programmes and newsreel footage

Suggested level: Intermediate, secondary

Te Tiriti – The Treaty

This Te Ara section provides a comprehensive look at the Treaty including its history, principles, the Waitangi tribunal, and the settlement process.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary

Treaty to You

TREATY 2 U tells the story of New Zealand’s founding document: the Treaty of Waitangi. It covers the events that led up to the Treaty. It explains what is written in the documents, and the crucial differences between the Māori and English versions.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Treaty Zone - Kids - Christchurch City Libraries

This link provides information on the Treaty of Waitangi and general information about what a treaty is and treaties around the world.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Education section of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds section provides information, resources, videos and documents related to the people and places related to the Treaty of Waitangi. You can also watch the winning videos from the Our Nations Children Movie Competition held in 2014.

Suggested level: primary, intermediate, secondary

Waitangi  Tribunal  - Te Rōpū Whakamana i Te Tirirti o Waitangi  

History of The Treaty of Waitangi plus information on current and historic claims. Click on education tab for links to other online resources.

Suggested level: intermediate, secondary


Have you thought about using fiction with your class to support your topic? The following are some suggestions for your students (and you!) to read and enjoy.

A new song in the land, the writings of Atapo, Paihia, c1840, by Fleur Beale, 2004 (YA fiction)
The treaty house, by LeAnne Orams, illustrated by Roger Twiname (picture book)
The tree hut treaty, by Wiremu Grace, 2006  (picture book)


Re-enacting the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, Te Ara, 1.51