Network Waitangi Ōtautahi

Treaty of Waitangi poster
Treaty of Waitangi poster (Network Waitangi Ōtautahi)

With Covid-19 dominating our lives at present, it is easy to forget all the other work that continues as we prepare for the compulsory teaching of New Zealand history in 2022.

Teachers have plenty on their plates right now, but those of you looking for additional resources and ideas to support units of work relating to Te Tiriti o Waitangi should visit the Network Waitangi Ōtautahi (NWO) website. This Christchurch-based organisation has been operating since 1985 and supports the development of a multicultural, Treaty-based society in which the indigenous status of Tangata Whenua and the place of Tangata Tiriti are both understood.

NWO recognises the text in te reo as the Treaty. No English language version was present at Waitangi on 6 February 1840.

Among their most requested and downloaded resources are their 2018 editions of the 1840 Treaty and 1835 Declaration of Independence posters. Bulk or single hard copies of both posters, on glossy paper and in colour, are available on a koha basis.

A Questions and Answers booklet is also available. This covers many historical and contemporary issues. It is designed for people who want to gain a basic knowledge about te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications, as well as those who want to refresh and update their understanding. It includes a summary of legislation and Crown actions since 1840 that have breached te Tiriti. It also provides a comprehensive reading list for further information. These resources are constantly being added to and updated in response to recent changes in the social context.

5-minute pre-Treaty stories are available in text and podcast form. These are designed to improve knowledge of what was happening on the eve of the signing of te Tiriti, and add to our understanding of its provenance and intent.

NWO welcomes feedback or questions from those seeking support with their teaching programmes or general lines of inquiry relating to this area. They are available by email [email protected] or are happy to talk on the phone: 03 365 5266.

How to cite this page

'Network Waitangi Ōtautahi', URL:, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 27-Jul-2021

Community contributions

No comments have been posted about Network Waitangi Ōtautahi

What do you know?