He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni: The Declaration of Independence of New Zealand
- Date: Thursday, 15 February, 2018
Free. Booking is not required
National Library Foyer – in front of He Tohu
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Independence was a powerful assertion of mana and rangatiratanga. Signed by fifty-two rangatira between 1835 and 1839, He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni was followed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840. In this conversation, Dame Claudia Orange and Morgan Godfery will discuss these two iconic documents with chair Carwyn Jones. Speaking to the history of these documents over nearly two centuries, the panel will also reflect on their significance in twenty-first century New Zealand.
About the speakers
Dame Claudia Orange is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa. She has published widely on Treaty of Waitangi issues, early New Zealand history and twentieth-century race relations.
Morgan Godfery (Te Pahipoto, Lalomanu) is a Wellington based writer who specialises in Maori issues and politics. He is the editor of The Interregnum: Rethinking New Zealand (BWB, 2016).
Dr. Carwyn Jones (Ngāti Kahungunu) is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Victoria University. His primary research interests relate to the Treaty of Waitangi, legal issues affecting Māori, and indigenous legal traditions. He is the author of New Treaty, New Tradition – Reconciling New Zealand and Māori Law (2016) and co-editor of the Māori Law Review.
Free guided tour: A guided tour of He Tohu and the document room will take place at 4.50pm before the event. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. Meet at the entrance of He Tohu at 4.45pm.