The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Māori and Pākehā from Tasman to Today

Edited by Vincent O’Malley, Bruce Stirling & Wally Penetito


‘The Companion brings to life the long history of debates about the Treaty and life in Aotearoa.’ – Spasifik


Since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed by Māori chiefs and Governor Hobson in 1840 it has become the defining document in New Zealand history. From the New Zealand Wars to the 1975 Land March, from the Kīngitanga to the Waitangi Tribunal, from Captain Cook to Hone Harawira, The Treaty of Waitangi Companion tells the story of the Treaty and Māori and Pākehā relations through the many voices of those who made this country’s history.

Sourced from government publications and newspapers, letters and diaries, poems, paintings and cartoons, the Companion brings to life the long history of debates about the Treaty and life in Aotearoa. Was the Treaty a Māori Magna Carta or a fraud? A blueprint for partnership or an instrument of annexation and dispossession? In The Treaty of Waitangi Companion we hear Māori and Pākehā wrestling with those issues, including King Tāwhiao’s frustrated pleas to colonial politicians, Te Whiti’s message of peace and Sir William Martin’s appeals against the injustice of confiscation.

The Treaty of Waitangi Companion is an invaluable book for students, from high school to postgraduate, and general readers who want to get directly to the heart of New Zealand history.


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Vincent O'Malley and Bruce Stirling are co-founders of Wellington-based research consultancy HistoryWorks. O'Malley is the author of Agents of Autonomy: Maori Committees in the Nineteenth Century and co-author of The Beating Heart: A Political and Socio-Economic History of Te Arawa; Stirling is co-author of Ngati Tutemohua: A Maori History of North East Taupo. Wally Penetito (Tainui – Ngāti Haua, Ngāti Tamaterā, Ngāti Raukawa) is Professor of Māori Education and co-director of He Pārekereke, the institute for Māori and Pacific Education at Victoria University of Wellington. He is the author of the recently published What's Maori About Maori Education?


November 2010, 225 x 160 mm, 432 pages, illustrations
Paperback, ISBN 9781869404673 , $49.99