Te Tiriti | Treaty of Waitangi: Re-setting the balance?, Dame Claudia Orange, 27 June 2024

Thursday 27 June 2024, 6pm to 7pm

Taiwhanga Kauhau — Auditorium, (lower ground) National Library Wellington. Entrance on Aitken Street or on Zoom.

This year the esteemed historian and author Dame Claudia Orange will give the annual Friends of the Turnbull Founder Lecture. Dame Claudia will outline her own personal story leading up to her major works on the Treaty of Waitangi, then discuss the most recent scholarship on the Treaty and the Waitangi Tribunal in the present day context.

Join us at the Library or online.

Reflecting on a career of Te Tiriti o Waitangi scholarship

In this year’s Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture, Dame Claudia will reflect on her career as a historian, including four decades of scholarship on The Treaty of Waitiangi, starting with her doctoral thesis, The Treaty of Waitangi: A Study of its Making, Interpretation and Role in New Zealand History in 1984.

Dame Claudia will then discuss the most recent research on Te Tiriti, and look at the impact and influence of the Waitangi Tribunal. Finally, she will consider the situation we appear to be in today with threats to 50 years in growing Māori/Crown relationships. 

RSVP for your seat

Seats are limited so book your seat now by emailing turnbullfriends@gmail.com

The lecture will be followed by light refreshments.

Annual Founder Lecture

The annual Friends of the Turnbull Library Founder Lecture is held on or near 28 June to celebrate the official opening of the Alexander Turnbull Library on 28 June 1920. 

The Friends of the Turnbull Library, Ngā Hoa o te Whare Pukapuka Turnbull, offer a monthly programme of public talks that are free to all. These talks are held in the National Library in Wellington and on Zoom. Some of these talks will be repeated in Auckland. The public programme highlights the work of researchers who draw on Turnbull material for their projects, and staff who care for and research the collections. 

The Friends of the Turnbull Library public talks

About the speaker

Dame Claudia Orange is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished historians. After publishing her first, award-winning history The Treaty of Waitangi in 1987, she became General Editor of the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, released in five volumes with the Māori biographies also in te reo Māori 

Dame Claudia has received many awards and honours for her contribution to a wider understanding of our history, including research for the He Tohu and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi exhibitions. In 2018 she was made a Companion of the Royal Society Te Apārangi in recognition of her service to the humanities and in 2021 she was awarded the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Literary Achievement (Non-fiction).

In 2022 the 3rd edition of her book, The Story of a Treaty = He Kōrero Tiriti, was published by Bridget Williams Books.

More information can be found here.