14 Oct 2019

4: Te Tiriti o Waitangi

From The Aotearoa History Show, 7:00 am on 14 October 2019

In part four, Māori and Pākehā wrestle with how to share Aotearoa, the New Zealand Company is formed and Te Tiriti o Waitangi is signed. But before long disputes arise, prompting the Wairau Affray and Northern War.

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Topics covered

  • Frustration over Pākehā behaviour at Kororāreka/Russell
  • The foundation of the United Tribes of New Zealand and their declaration of independence
  • Outline of the different European factions - the French, Wakefield and the NZ Company, the British Colonial Office, Missionaries and British humanitarian movements
  • The signing of the Treaty and problems with translation, including some possible explanations for the mistranslation.
  • The Wairau Affray.
  • Hōne Heke, Te Ruki Kawiti and the chopping down of the flagstaff at Russell
  • The Northern War, including discussions of Māori “trench warfare” and why some Māori chose to fight alongside the British. 


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