Faculty of Arts


Waitangi: Treaty to Tribunal


A history of the Treaty of Waitangi and the Waitangi Tribunal. The course explores changing understandings of the Treaty and its role in New Zealand society and history since 1840. The establishment of the Waitangi Tribunal in 1975, the development of its work and the historical and contemporary claims brought before it will also be studied.

Through readings and analysis students will learn about the Treaty of Waitangi in historical perspective, as well as the operation of the Waitangi Tribunal and the nature and limits of its work. Students will also develop an understanding of key themes, trends, processes and events discussed in the relevant literature while building on the historian’s skills of thinking historically and writing historical essays.

HISTORY 227 and 327 are taught concurrently. Stage II and III students will attend the same lectures, but will complete different assessments aimed at distinct learning outcomes. Stage II students will attend weekly tutorials; Stage III students weekly discussion groups.

Availability 2019

Semester 1


Coordinator(s) Dr Aroha Harris


Coursework + exam


HISTORY 227: 15.0 points


15 points at Stage I in History or Politics and International Relations, or MĀORI 130 and 30 points passed



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