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The Treaty Debates

The Te Papa treaty debates from 2005 to 2015.

From 2005 to 2015, RNZ broadcast a series of annual public debates on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand society and history. Under the direction of Dr Claudia Orange at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand, these Treaty Debates analyse a wide range of issues looking back into our history and forwards into the future. Featuring expert participants with an extensive knowledge of their subject matter, the discussions provide a unique insight into how our nation is continuing redefine itself.


  • Treaty of Waitangi
    A collection of audio which explores the history of the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Waitangi Rua Rautau Lectures
    The annual Waitangi Rua Rautau lecture looks forward to the Waitangi bicentenary in 2040.
  • Concepts of Nationhood
    A lecture series recorded in the Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, at a symposium exploring the significance of the declaration of Dominion status for New Zealand in 1907.

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