How Important Were The Texts of The Treaty of Waitangi?
Wednesday 7 February 2024, 12pm-1pm
Wananga, L2 Central City Library, 44 Lorne Street, Auckland City Centre or on Zoom
Since Ruth Ross in 1972 suggested that the English and Māori texts of the Treaty of Waitangi were very different, most New Zealanders’ understand the Māori text, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, to be markedly different from the English draft. But was that really the case?
Looking more closely at the events around the debates, it can be argued that the text played little part in the deliberation taking place on the day before the treaty signing.
About the speaker
Professor Michael Belgrave has been actively involved in Treaty of Waitangi research since the 1980s. He taught social policy and history at Massey’s Albany campus from 1993 to 2023. He is a prize-winning historian and has an extensive new history of New Zealand, ‘A History of Us’ will be available later in the year.
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