Te Tai – Treaty Settlement Stories

About Te Tai

Treaty of Waitangi settlements are unique to Aotearoa New Zealand and are leading to significant changes in communities throughout the country.

Treaty settlements are vital in shaping our identity as a nation and central to the making of modern Aotearoa New Zealand.

Treaty settlements have been a watershed in New Zealand’s history and there is a need to collect, preserve and share Treaty settlement stories while those who were involved are still with us.

Manatū Taonga Ministry for Culture and Heritage has embarked on a national project aimed at increasing awareness and deepening understanding of Treaty settlements and their impact. Te Taiwhakaea Treaty Settlement Stories (Te Tai) will be a rich and comprehensive source of new information and provide a platform for expressing the diverse range of these significant events.

Te Tai will connect the people of Aotearoa New Zealand with Treaty settlement stories. A wealth of information will be produced to share this history, including research articles, immersive web stories, full-feature documentaries, oral history interviews and a range of educational materials in both Māori and English.

Te Tiriti O Waitangi

Te Tai acknowledges that the Treaty of Waitangi sits at the heart of this project. This founding document continues to shape discussions, ideas and opinions about Treaty settlements, and most importantly, New Zealanders’ understanding of our distinctive history.

It is hoped that Te Tai will contribute to raising public appreciation and understanding of Treaty settlements today and their importance in our communities tomorrow.

Education programme

Te Tai offers a collection of cross-curricular education resources for both students and teachers in Māori medium and English medium. The resources align with The New Zealand Curriculum and Te Marautanga of Aotearoa.

Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Orīni ki Ngāti Awa share their learning experience in this video clip:

Te tai whakaea, the uplifting tide

The name chosen for this project reflected the close connection that New Zealanders have with the land and sea, and also expressed the fact that Treaty of Waitangi claims and settlements have created opportunities to both acknowledge our history and contemplate the landscape of our future. The name has now been shortened to Te Tai.

Te Tai will:

  • Provide an overarching history of Treaty of Waitangi settlements for current and future generations.
  • Explore how Treaty settlements are shaping our national identity and aspirations.
  • Inform people about Aotearoa New Zealand’s unique approach to settling historic grievances.
  • Provide a platform for iwi to share their histories and their Treaty settlement stories.
  • Tell the stories of those who have played key roles in Treaty settlements.
  • Stimulate informed conversations about the Treaty of Waitangi and Treaty settlements.