Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Auckland, 1859

Auckland, 1859

In 1859, when this drawing was made, Auckland (Tāmaki Makaurau) was already showing strong influences of European settlement. This view is from Parnell Rise towards what is now the central city. Auckland was then the capital, and Parliament buildings can be seen in the distance, at far left. These signs of mass migration by colonists prepared to remain indefinitely, and to transform the country for their own purposes, alarmed Māori, even those who had signed te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi) and supported peaceful cooperation with the first settlers.

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Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tāmaki
Reference: 1937/13/1
Watercolour by Andrew Robertson

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - The first decades after te tiriti – 1840 to 1860', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2023 with assistance from Claudia Orange