Create a profile of a signatory to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi). Discover who they were, where they were from, and why they signed the treaty. Also, consider what this signatory would think about New Zealand society today.
- Identity, declaration, acknowledgement, collaboration, sovereignty, organisation, continuity.
- He Tohu themes: the documents, people, place, living together.
What to do
Choose a signatory to Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Students (individually or in small groups) choose a significant signatory to the Treaty of Waitangi. The signatory could be from the students' iwi, someone from their rohe/place, or someone else of significance.
Students create a profile for their chosen signatory, using the following as prompts:
- Record their full ingoa/name, and the name they used to sign.
- Identify their iwi/hapū.
- Identify where they were living at the time.
- Map their whakapapa.
- Describe their character.
- Find out what they were known for.
- Find out why they chose to sign the Treaty of Waitangi.
Consider the Treaty of Waitangi today
Students consider what their chosen signatory would think about New Zealand today if their person was still alive:
- What do you think they would think about New Zealand society in relation to the Treaty of Waitangi?
- Would they think the intentions of the Treaty of Waitangi are being lived up to? Why?
Some useful resources
Archives New Zealand:
New Zealand Curriculum — social sciences
- Identity, Culture, and Organisation
- Continuity and Change