Treaty of Waitangi

Page 3 – History road - Treaty of Waitangi

A history road is a type of timeline – you put events in the order they happened, but you don't have to show the even passing of time. A history road:

  • takes the form of a widening road coming towards you 
  • has the oldest event at the beginning of the road and may have symbols or sketches to go with the events.
  1. Use the material on the Background to the Treaty of Waitangi and from the Timeline of Treaty events  to help you draw a history road to show what you believe were the six key events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840.
  2. Make sure things are in chronological order, and use sketches and/or symbols to go with each event or date.
  3. You must be prepared to justify your selections to the class.


  1. This could be completed in groups and each group could present its history road to the rest of the class.
  2. Put the history roads on display. Can a class list of the most commonly selected moments/events be identified?
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'History road - Treaty of Waitangi', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 13-May-2016