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150.201 Te Kawenata o Waitangi: The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand Society (15 credits)

A study of the Treaty of Waitangi background, texts, principles, and application to contemporary New Zealand. There is a particular focus on land, legislation, court decisions, social policies, the environment, constitutional matters, claims to the Waitangi Tribunal and Treaty settlements. Differing perspectives of hapu/iwi/Maori and the Crown, as well as opportunities for resolution, are explored.

Details Details

  • Year: 2017
  • Mode: Internal
  • Semester: Semester One full semester
  • Location: Auckland Campus
  • Coordinator: Ms Veronica Tawhai
  • Subject: Māori Studies
  • College: College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Online component Details

  • Online component: Course Guide and Administration - Access to an online learning environment is required so students can access the Course Guide, expected learning outcomes and assessment tasks. The online learning environment may also be required to access supplementary study resources and for the electronic submission of assignments. Core study resources will be supplied directly to students. Learn more about Stream, our online learning environment.

Requirements Requirements help

  • Prerequisite(s): At least 45 credits from 100 level.
  • Restriction(s): 182.274, 269.274


  • Start Date: Monday 27 February, 2017
  • End date: Saturday 24 June, 2017

Withdrawal dates Requirements help

The last day to withdraw from this course:

  • Without financial penalty: Monday 13 March, 2017
  • Without academic penalty: Friday 26 May, 2017

Learning outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course should be able to:

  1. A sound understanding of the background to Treaty of Waitangi.
  2. An appreciation of the meaning of the Treaty and its relevance to New Zealand now.
  3. Knowledge of the application of the Treaty to policy areas of particular significance to positive Maori advancement and national development.

Please note: Learning Outcomes are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.


During this course, the following assessments will contribute to your final mark.

Assessment Weighting Note
1 Essay 20.0%
2 Essay 30.0%
3 Invigilated Examination 50.0%

Please note: Assessment weightings are subject to change until the beginning of the semester in which the course is delivered.

* Specific dates for assessments will be finalised in information provided on Stream at the start of the Course.


It is recommended that textbooks are purchased no sooner than 7 weeks prior to the semester start date as textbooks can be subject to change.

  • An Illustrated History Of The Treaty Of Waitangi
    Author: Orange, C. (2004)
    Publisher: Bridget Williams Books, Wellington

  • Ngapuhi Speaks: The Independent Report On The Ngapuhi Nui Tonu Claim
    Author: Huygens, I., Murphy, T., & Healy, S. (2012)
    Publisher: Network Waitangi Whangarei, Te Kawariki

Highly Recommended
  • ‘always Speaking’: The Treaty Of Waitangi And Public Policy
    Author: Tawhai, V. Mh. & Gray-Sharp, K. (Eds). (2011)
    Publisher: Huia Publishers, Wellington New Zealand

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