Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti

Supporting community organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi

Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti responds to the aspiration of groups and organisations within the community sector to be more engaged with the Treaty of Waitangi. It brings together many years of practice and reflection by Te Tiriti practitioners, community organisations, and mana whenua. In doing so, it provides guidance, inspiration and sustenance to community organisations engaging with the Treaty.

The resource includes:

This is designed as an online resource, however hard copies can be ordered here.

Resources for allies

Being an effective, respectful ally in indigenous justice struggles can be complex. This range of resources explores the role of non-indigenous supporters of indigenous justice struggles. They have been generated through discussions with people active as allies in North America, Australia and here in Aotearoa.

While these resources focus specifically on relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, the underlying principles are relevant for people who work as allies across a range of other social justice issues.

Jen Margaret’s book Working as Allies: supporters of indigenous justice reflectprovides in-depth interviews with allies in Australia and New Zealand. Order a copy here.

The State of the Pākehā Nation

Slide1In 2018, Jen Margaret was commissioned to give the State of the Pākehā Nation address for Waitangi Day. Her speech explores the necessity to unravel privilege, racism and colonisation, and suggests ways in which Pākehā might work to do so. Drawing inspiration from many sources – including recent events, people in Te Tiriti movement and workshop participants – Jen considers what Pākehā need to grapple with to make the Pākehā nation a compelling place for the coming generations.

Read: State of the Pākehā Nation
or listen: 

In December 2019, e-Tangata published an updated version of State of the Pākehā Nation, Becoming really Pākehā.

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Land of the Long White Cloud:
short documentary series

Groundwork took part of a 7 part documentary series, produced by Kathleen Winter in 2019, in which Pākehā consider their responsibility to confront and dismantle colonisation. The work responds to calls from Māori for Pākehā to educate Pākehā about colonisation and our Te Tiriti responsibilities.

Kathleen made the series to encourage Pākehā to “realise the impact they can make by speaking up and speaking out – especially to each other… and to join those who are taking action against colonial structures of power.”

In this episode, Jen Margaret talks about inherited privilege and the lands her great-great grandfather “acquired” in Canterbury – lands that were part of the Canterbury Purchase.

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: information and ideas for action

There’s a wealth of useful resources out there about Te Tiriti and it can be difficult to know where to begin. We have compiled a brief one-page list (by no means exhaustive) of the key texts, websites and other media we at Groundwork draw on to inform our workshops.

Included in the list are ideas for personal actions people might take in response to Te Tiriti or one of our Te Tiriti workshops.