Story: Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi

Reconstruction of the treaty signing

This dramatic 2011 reconstruction of the first treaty signing at Waitangi in 1840 shows the confusion and mixed motives among the Māori rangatira present. The prominent chief Hōne Heke was the first to place his signature on the treaty. Before any others could do so, another rangatira, Marupō, made an impassioned speech urging them not to sign away their mana. However, after a moment's hesitation, other rangatira signed the treaty.

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Claudia Orange, 'Te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi - Creating te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 15 April 2024)

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