6 Feb 2019

Matthew Wright, author of Waitangi: a Living Treaty

From Waitangi Day 2020, 9:06 am on 6 February 2019

Acclaimed historian Matthew Wright explores the evolution of New Zealand's most historically significant document, the Treaty of Waitangi, from its origins to its place in the present day. His book Waitangi: a Living Treaty goes from the early cultural collisions between Maori and Pakeha that led to this landmark agreement, to the many reinterpretations that have followed. He's researched in-depth the concept that the Treaty is a living document and that its meaning and purpose has evolved with society making it just as relevant today as it ever was in history. Matthew Wright speaks to Mihingarangi Forbes about the mysteries of the original Treaty's translation and why there appears to be two versions of it.

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