Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history

Illustration of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, February 6, 1840

The Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, February 6, 1840 by Marcus King. Archives New Zealand on Flickr. Some rights reserved. Image cropped.

Here are curated teaching and learning resources related to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history.

Topic Explorer sets

These sets contain quality, curated resources — websites, images, videos, books, and more — to support and inspire inquiry. Each topic features a carefully selected set of national and international resources from trustworthy and reliable national and international sources (e.g. Alexander Turnbull Library, Te Ara, National Geographic, and the BBC).

The following topic sets relate to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi:

He Tohu activities and resources

He Tohu is a permanent exhibition of 3 iconic constitutional documents that shape Aotearoa New Zealand:

The following activities and resources will inspire students to understand stories and actions from the past.

Learning activities

Social inquiry resources


Curiosity cards

Curiosity cards use images and fertile questions to spark student inquiry about Aotearoa New Zealand.

Curiosity cards that relate to Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi include:

Many Answers and AnyQuestions

Many Answers entries are designed to guide students to reliable and trustworthy websites. The following entries will help them find information on Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history:


AnyQuestions offers free online help for all New Zealand school students from 1pm to 6pm weekdays during the school year.

Students can log in to the website and chat with librarians who are specially trained to help them find answers to questions related to topics such as New Zealand history. Librarians develop students' ability to source and critically evaluate quality online information sources. Teachers can also book classroom sessions.

Lending service for schools

Borrow books from our lending service — we have an extensive collection of picture books, fiction, and non-fiction to support and expand student inquiry into Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history.

Some popular titles related to this topic include:

  • ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi, 1840’ by Archives NZ, 2017.
  • ‘Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi’ by Ross Calman, Mark Derby, and translated by Piripi Walker, 2019.
  • ‘The Little Kiwi and the Treaty’ by Nikki Slade Robinson, 2018.
  • ‘The Treaty / Te Tiriti’ by Mere Whaanga, nā Liz Hunkin i whakamāori, 2003.
  • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana’ by Debbie McCauley, 2018.
  • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi’ by Claudia Orange, 2011.
  • ‘The Treaty of Waitangi Companion: Māori and Pākeha From Tasman to Today’ edited by Vincent O’Malley, Bruce Stirling, and Wally Penetito, 2010.
  • ‘The Tree Hut Treaty’ by Wiremu Grace, 2006.
  • ‘Waitangi: A Living Treaty’ by Matthew Wright, 2019.
  • ‘Waitangi Day: The New Zealand Story: What It Is and Why It Matters’ by Philippa Werry, 2015.

Other National Library tools and resources

The following tools and resources can also help you find resources to capture student interest and build their understanding of Aotearoa New Zealand history.

EPIC — gives your school free access to thousands of online resources, including magazines, journals, newspapers, biographies, reference works, images, eBooks, and multimedia. Note that you may need a school login. Some EPIC resources invaluable for Aotearoa New Zealand history studies include:

DigitalNZ — find, curate, and share content from New Zealand libraries, museums, galleries, media, and more. Content includes historic and contemporary items such as photographs, paintings, posters, and videos.

Papers Past — search and browse digitised New Zealand historical newspapers (including some in te reo Māori), magazines, journals, letters, diaries, and parliamentary papers.

INNZ — Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from New Zealand magazines and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day.

Primary sources — how to use them — primary sources are original, firsthand, often unedited records of an event. They are a powerful teaching and learning tool. Find out where to find quality, trusted primary sources, and how to use them effectively.

Archives New Zealand

These albums from Archives New Zealand's Flickr account contain digitised records and photos about Te Tiriti o Waitangi / Treaty of Waitangi and its history: