Pre-Treaty Stories


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On February 6th, 1840, an important document was signed at Waitangi. Known as Te Tiriti o Waitangi, this document was a covenant between the many hapū of Aotearoa and the British Crown. It acknowledged the ongoing authority of hapū to govern themselves (Tino Rangatiratanga) and created a new form of governance (Kāwanatanga) that granted the Crown the right to govern non-Māori. Te Tiriti provides a framework for peaceful co-existence in a rapidly changing world. The story that had led up to this day was one of intrepid journeys, violence, drama and possibility. While there were instances of respectful cultural exchange and friendship, the assumption of superiority by European colonisers led to actions that caused mamae (hurt) that, for many, continue to this day. These episodes played out featuring a diverse cast of characters whose actions shaped our present day and will continue to reverberate into our future These podcasts were created as a collaboration between Network Waitangi Ōtautahi (NWO), Plains FM and NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) at Ara. Music in the podcasts was specially produced for the project by Al Fraser. For more Treaty education resources, please go to or contact

Host: Network Waitangi Ōtautahi (NWO)

Produced By: Network Waitangi Ōtautahi (NWO), Plains FM and NASDA (National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art) at Ara

Language: English

Category: Special Interest

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