Te Tai – Treaty Settlement Stories

About Te Tai

Te Tai is a digital storytelling programme that aims to increase understanding of our past by exploring Treaty settlements and their enduring impact. It preserves the stories of iwi and people who played key roles in settlements through audio-visual interviews, and publishes well-researched, reliable and accessible multimedia histories online.

These stories provide an understanding of who we are as a country and can help New Zealanders move forward together.

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 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.