Crown–Māori Relations: Treaty and more

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Informative and insightful, this course will help you to understand how the story of the relationship between Māori and the Crown fits together. You will explore the past; from the first migration, to the Treaty, and through to contemporary events.  

By learning this history, you will be able to apply this understanding in the context of your work and organisation.

Who should attend:

This course is for professionals at any level in an organisation. You may work in the public, private or NGO sector.

 Course objectives:

  • Understand pre-European settlement history of Aotearoa/NZ, including the nature of traditional Māori  society
  • Gain an understanding of what the Treaty was intended to achieve in 1840
  • Examine significant events in the history of the Treaty from a Māori perspective
  • Understand development since 1840 including relevant legislation, and events relating to Crown-Māori  relationships
  • Discuss why this is important to your work

Course outline:

  • Pre-European settlement and history  of Aotearoa/NZ
  • Nature of traditional Māori culture
    • Who were the chiefs? What is Māori customary law? What made the society tick?
  • Treaty in a historical context, including the early settler contact period, the Declaration of Independence and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Key debates surrounding the Treaty (including the translation issues)
  • Recent developments including the Māori 'renaissance', Treaty legislation of the mid-80s, the establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal, the early Treaty settlement phase and foreshore and seabed legislation
  • Constitutional importance of the Treaty, with reference to landmark Treaty jurisprudence and leading commentary such as The White Paper and UN reporting
  • Treaty policy in the context of wider Government policy and practice and, specifically, bicultural models of development and application within their own organisations

Course format:

2 half-day sessions, 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

These sessions will combine lecture style teaching by the tutor with group discussion.


Peter Adds

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