September 10, 2015

New Support for School Boards Around Te Tiriti o Waitangi Application

School boards are accountable for the performance of their school and student achievement. This includes making decisions that support Māori learners to enjoy and achieve education success as Māori. Congratulations to the New Zealand School Trustees Association for their new publication and resources to support trustees in their efforts to implement Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The resources include i) Te Tiriti and school governance information booklet, ii) board activities and inquiry scenarios and iii) video clips offering inspirational stories of school and community change.

school boardstiriti postThe governance booklet focusses on supporting boards moving from rhetoric to practices which are evidence-based and culturally responsive. It provides support to embed Te Tiriti o Waitangi into strategic planning, explores honourable kāwanatanga (governance) and provides up-to-date evidence on Māori students’ achievement. For the busy board member, the clips share powerful stories of how different schools have been proactive in this key area of school life – affirming Māori language, identity and culture in order to benefit the whole school.

September 8, 2015

Critical Curriculum Guide to Māori and Pākehā Histories: From Primary to Secondary

If our future is one where Te Tiriti o Waitangi is honoured, it makes sense to teach our children a critical history of Aotearoa New Zealand. In order to do this we need curriculum and resources for teachers to embed this thinking throughout our primary, intermediate and secondary education system.

Tasmin Hanly, a senior Pākehā educationalist who has twenty-five years teaching experience, is currently developing a robust curriculum to support anti-racism education. Tasmin works part-time lecturing at the Auckland University Education Department and has been part-time writing the curriculum. In order to fund this project she has mortgaged her house, but needs us to give a little to make her dream come true. Tāmaki Tiriti Workers have meet with her and reviewed the draft documents and fully support this undertaking.

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The curriculum consists of six unit booklets that make a box-set for education centres to purchase, copy, do professional development, read, plan and teach from. The content chronologically covers Te Ao Māori o Nehera, British Isles, Two Worlds Meet, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Pākehā Responses, Māori Responses. Optional junior and senior activities and integrated curriculum term-overviews are included. It is a single programme to help educators plan and teach their approach to New Zealand’s Māori and Pākehā cultures and histories cohesively.

This curriculum can practically support New Zealand Curriculum goals which require New Zealanders to be knowledgeable about Māori and Pākehā, to understand histories of their relationship and enact Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It can effectively enact Ministry and other related educational policies that expect educators to do this. It has been written in response to research findings that teachers have outdated knowledge about Māori and Pākehā histories and a lack of accurate history, Te Tiriti and Māori knowledge. Teachers also avoid controversial content and believe younger students cannot manage this content.

The curriculum initial target audience is primary schools, principals and practitioners but it can also be professional development for all educational levels such as secondary and ECE, including school Boards of Trustees. It has been written for both mainstream and Māori pathways, and practitioners of all ethnicities to teach students of all ethnicities.

Contact Tasmin through her give a little page.

December 16, 2014

Alternatives to anti-Maori themes in news media

Recently the contributors of Treaty Blog received an email regarding a new educational resource. Called “Alternatives to anti-Maori themes in news media”, it is a media booklet created and shared by The Treaty Resource Centre. It is available both online and, by request, in hard copy.

The news media are not neutral or objective. Studies show that the news repeats and reinforces negative themes about Māori that date from the earliest days of colonisation.”

There are thirteen themes presented, flowing from ” Pākehā as the norm” to “Ignorance and Insensivity” and ” Māori success”. It reveals the negative attitudes that prevail in our current climate and offers alternative actions and statements that can be used to counter these themes.  The Treaty Resource Centre says “These negative themes present Māori interests and what Māori do as problems, or as being on the margins. They also help make Pākehā control over institutions, resources, society and culture seem right and natural. “
This is a living document. The Treaty Resource Centre encourages you to submit examples of your own. The Treaty blog authors also encourage your additions – the more information shared, the quicker we can challenge and change the current paradigms in the media and other arenas.

Go to the website to view and contribute and please share this fantastic resource widely.

July 20, 2014

Network Waitangi Otautahi annual report 2014 now available

Network Waitangi Otautahi have just released their 2014 AGM report.

At the AGM, Rachael Harris presented  on The Changing Face of Co-Governance in NZ – a study of arrangements between the Crown and Ngai Tahu, and the Crown and Ngai Tuhoe in facilitating a Treaty-based future. Copies of the power point presentation and notes are available. If you would like a copy of these, please contact Katherine Peet at

Network Waitangi Otautahi’s emphasis is on encouraging those who do not have Maori ancestry to understand the Treaty of Waitangi. They are part of a wider national network of groups and individuals who are working towards a Treaty-based multicultural Aotearoa New Zealand where the indigenous status of tangata whenua and the role of tangata Tiriti are understood.

Ngapuhi Speaks now an e-book


An independent report on Stage One of the Ngapuhi claims regarding the Declaration of Independence and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is nearing sales of 2000 hard copies.  The report presents  previously unpublished Maori evidence about the intentions of rangatira for the Treaty agreement and He Wakaputanga, known as the Declaration of Independence (1835).  First published in 2012, Ngapuhi Speaks has this week been released as an e-book on New Zealand site


The 400-page report by an independent panel of Maori and Pakeha academics has been steadily selling while Ngapuhi still awaits a report from the Waitangi Tribunal itself on the claim, WAI1040.

Kotare Winter School 2014

Following on from Kotare Trusts summer school, they plan to reflect on the challenge to capitalism further in their winter school, which asks: “How do we organise to build our strength now?”

There are a variety of stimulating workshops planned with invited guest presenters offering their own provocative ideas and insights on organising effective left opposition to neoliberalism.

The winter school will be run 22-24th August at the Kotare Centre. Register before the 12th of August to secure your place.

See the Kotare Trust website for further information and contact details, and take a look at the final pānui here, which lists the featured presentations and other relevant information.

June 18, 2014

Matariki Festival: Celebrating Māori New Year

28th June/Pipiri  -28th July/Hōngongoi  2014

The rising of the Matariki star constellation announces Te tau hou, the Māori New Year. Here is how to find the constellation.


Historically, Matariki occurred at the end of the harvest season. It was a time to fill the storage houses (pātaka kai) with food and for whānau and friends to come together, acknowledge the successes of the past year, and look towards the year ahead.

Matariki Festival celebrates a unique time in the New Zealand calendar with 31 days of culture, food, fun and entertainment. Events will be happening all over New Zealand (and some in Australia!!!)

So make sure to get along.

Check out the Tāmaki-based events ; Melbourne-based events; Christchurch-based events; Dunedin-based events; Te Papa-based events; Wellington-based events


May 22, 2014

Being True to the Gospel & Honouring the Treaty

Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty
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This blog post has information about the forthcoming ‘Being True to the Gospel and Honouring the Treaty’ hui, and how you can support it.

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February 14, 2014

2014 Joan Cook Memorial State of the Pākehā Nation Essay

joan cookReverend Joan Cook was a well-respected and feisty feminist and Pākehā Tiriti educator who passed away late 2009. She was a founding member of Network Waitangi Whangarei in 1987 and was instrumental in education around Tiriti-based changes to the constitution of the Anglican Church. She was also a member of the Waitangi Action Committee and was arrested at Waitangi in 1983 while delivering a sermon. Joan was the only Pākehā Treaty educator in Northland for many years, reaching out to thousands of community workers.

Each Waitangi Day, a State of the Pākehā Nation essay is commissioned in her memory to reflect on race relations in this country. This year’s Joan Cook Memorial essay Bush whacking for Tiriti Based Justice was penned by Heather Came. Her essay focuses on potential areas of focus for Pākehā wanting to affect change: a) constitutional transformation b) resisting globalisation and the Trans Pacific Partnership c) eliminating institutional racism within the public sector. Heather joins other State of the Pākehā Nation contributors, such as Mitzi Nairn and Jane Kelsey and last years contributor Susan Healy. Previous years essays can be found here.