Story: Citizenship

Signing the Treaty of Waitangi

Signing the Treaty of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840; this somewhat romanticised reconstruction of the event was painted by Marcus King nearly 100 years later. Māori leader Tāmati Wāka Nene is shown signing the treaty in front of British officials and witnesses. Other Māori signatories are assembled on the left.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: G-821-2
Oil painting by Marcus King

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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How to cite this page:

David Green, 'Citizenship - 1840–1948: British subjects', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/artwork/3678/signing-the-treaty-of-waitangi (accessed 20 October 2018)

Story by David Green, published 8 Feb 2005