He Whakaputanga

WINNER of the Copyright Licensing NZ Education Award for Best Secondary Student Resource

He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni was signed by fifty-two rangatira from 1835 to 1839. It was a powerful assertion of mana and rangatiratanga, made after decades of Māori and European encounters that had been steadily expanding – both within Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere on the globe as Māori travelled abroad. As rangatira reached out, they also forged new alliances. He Whakaputanga was part of that process, reinforcing ties between northern rangatira and the British Crown that dated back nearly half a century.

He Whakaputanga remains a taonga of great significance. It is shown here along with narratives about the people who signed and those who witnessed. Through these histories new light is shed on a document that signalled New Zealand’s place in the world. Co-authored, featuring a Foreword by Aroha Harris and Introduction by Vincent O’Malley.

Published by Bridget Williams Books with the Department of Internal Affairs, May 2017