There’s a wealth of useful resources out there about Te Tiriti of Waitangi 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. This list is also presented below.

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


Books and reports:

  • Anderson, A. Binney, J. Harris, A. (2014) Tangata Whenua: an illustrated history. Wellington: BWB Bridget Williams Books. A comprehensive history spanning 5000 years, grounded in Māori perspectives.
  • Consedine, R and J. (2012) Healing our history: the challenge of the Treaty of Waitangi. Auckland: Penguin. Pākehā Treaty educator considers Treaty issues and Māori/Pākehā relationships within the wider story of New Zealand; and the need for right relationships.
  • Healy, S. Huygens, H. Murphy, T. & Parata, H. (2012) Ngā Puhi Speaks Whāngarei: Te Kawariki and Network Waitangi Whangarei. Independent observers report on the Ngāpuhi Nui Tonu Claim 2010.
  • Margaret, J. (2018) Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi: change in the Pākehā Nation This “State of the Pākehā Nation” essay considers the necessity to unravel privilege, racism and colonisation, and suggests ways in which Pākehā might work to do so.
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  • Ngā Rerenga o Te Tiriti: Community organisations engaging with the Treaty of Waitangi Guidance on Treaty application based on learning from community organisations.
  • Margaret, J. (2013) Working as allies: Supporters of indigenous justice reflect. Auckland: AWEA Interviews with non-indigenous New Zealanders and Australians on working in support of indigenous justice.
  • Matike Mai Aotearoa (2016) He Whakaaro Here Whakaumu Mō Aotearoa: The Report of Matike Mai Aotearoa – The Independent Working Group on Constitutional Transformation Report of extensive discussions in Te Ao Māori regarding Treaty-honouring constitutional arrangements.
  • Mead, H. M. (2003) Tikanga Māori: Living by Māori values. Wellington: Huia. Exploration of Māori cultural values and practices.
  • Mutu, M. (2013) Te Tiriti o Waitangi in a Future Constitution: Removing the shackles of colonisation Insightful commentary on historical and contemporary issues with useful and accessible references.
  • Network Waitangi. (2018) The Treaty of Waitangi – questions and answers Accessible answers to the most commonly asked questions.
  • Network Waitangi Ōtautahi. (2018) Te Tiriti and He Wakaputanga poster
  • Salmond, A. (2017) Tears of Rangi: Experiments across worlds. Auckland: Auckland University Press. Explores historical and contemporary clashes and exchanges between Māori and Pākehā.
  • Waitangi Tribunal (2014) He Whakaputanga me te Tiriti; The Declaration and the Treaty. Wellington: Legislation Direct. Authoritative and fully-researched account of the Treaty in its 1840 context.
  • Walker, R.J., (2004) Ka Whawhai Tonu Matou: Struggle without End. Auckland: Penguin. A history of Aotearoa New Zealand, from creation and Polynesian migration through to the present.

Websites for general information and current issues:

  • E-Tangata and Waatea News
  • He Tohu: Signatures that shape New Zealand
  • Iwi radio
  • Māori Television (Native Affairs, news etc.)
  • Te Arawhiti Māori/Crown relations including Te Kāhui Whakatau (Treaty settlements)
  • Waitangi Tribunal

Local information:

  • Iwi websites search by iwi/hapū name
  • Te Kāhui Māngai (Directory of Iwi and Māori Organisations by location)