The Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi: an Illustrated History (2021)

Author(s): Claudia Orange

NZ Non- fiction

Claudia Orange's writing on the Treaty of Waitangi has played a central role in national understanding of this foundational document. This fully revised and updated edition (previously entitled An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi) brings the Treaty's history to life with a richly informative narrative and a wonderful range of photographs, maps and illustrations. The Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi takes the narrative into the twenty-first century, with a new chapter recounting the Treaty history of the last ten years, covering major developments such as the Tuhoe settlement, territory `personhood', and issues around intellectual property and language. Presented in full colour for the first time, the new edition also presents a fresh visual narrative, drawing on the range of images now emerging in work such as the He Tohu and Waitangi Museum exhibitions (in which Dr Orange was closely involved).


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‘Claudia Orange is an outstanding New Zealand historian. Her long-standing commitment to public history and Treaty education sets a standard to which most of us can only aspire. Books such as this will continue to influence how New Zealanders view and value the past for years to come.’
Aroha Harris, Associate Professor of History, University of Auckland

‘That it has taken so long for the moral force of the Treaty to change the course of events, as it is doing now, is a commentary not on the weakness of the Treaty itself but on the powerful ethos of colonialism. This book is commended to all who love their country.’
Ranginui Walker DCNZM, reviewing the first edition of The Treaty of Waitangi published in 1987

‘Claudia Orange has made an extraordinary contribution to the important national conversation relating to the Treaty of Waitangi and to New Zealanders’ understanding of ourselves – our history and our identity. Her work remains a cornerstone of research related to the Treaty and it is difficult to overstate the impact it has had on scholarly and public understanding.’
Carwyn Jones, Associate Professor of Law, Victoria University of Wellington

‘Claudia Orange’s scholarship on the Treaty of Waitangi has been amongst the most influential contributions to New Zealand’s developing understanding of the agreement signed in 1840. I don’t know of any other work on the Treaty which has endured in this manner and engaged so many people. Her contribution to our development as a nation is vast and invaluable.’
Janine Hayward, Professor of Politics, University of Otago

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 (now online). A director at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa for many years, she is now a research associate at the museum. Dame Claudia has received many awards and honours for her contribution to a wider understanding of our history, which includes research for the He Tohu and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi exhibitions.

General Fields

  • : 9781988587189
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : Bridget Williams Books
  • : July 2020
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Claudia Orange
  • : Paperback
  • : 993
  • : 416