Core activities from the Tangata Tiriti – Treaty People workbook are available for download below. They are freely available for all facilitators, educators and teachers to use.
Introductory activities – connecting ourselves to the Tiriti relationship
- Treaty People: why Te Tiriti is important for everyone in Aotearoa
- Where our ancestors are from: sharing our personal introductions
Laying the groundwork
- Peoples of Aotearoa: key te reo vocabulary for understanding Te Tiriti.
A video with model pronunciation and simple explanations is available here.
History leading to Te Tiriti signing – Māori & Tauiwi relationships
- Trading cards: exploring the relationship between Māori and newcomers in the time leading up to Te Tiriti [an older version of this activity is available here.]
He Whakaputanga – the Declaration of Independence, 1835
- Declaration activity (open version to come): Māori political responses to the newcomers
- Declaration activity (reserved version): Māori political responses to the newcomers This is available only to facilitators who have attended our workshops. Please email us with details of the workshop you attended.
Te Tiriti o Waitangi, 1840
- Te Tiriti o Waitangi: reasons for having a treaty & Te Tiriti summary in plain English
- A summary of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in plain English – updated in 2023
- A vision of Te Tiriti honoured: brainstorm discussion on what was envisioned for the treaty relationship
How colonisation happened in Aotearoa
- Language of the Treaty: how the English treaty was used to justify colonisation
- RePlaced Names: introducing the topic of colonisation using place names
- A timeline of colonisation in Aotearoa: Laws attack Māori society & Māori actions of resistance
Colonisation affects relationships between cultures
- Exploring common ground: exploring shared histories between Māori and people from other colonised countries.
- A history of migration to this country: the many countries Tangata Tiriti are from
- Exploring ‘New Zealand’ culture: dominant culture and assimilation
Te Tiriti o Waitangi today: for individuals / communities
- From suitcase to kete: what we bring to the Tiriti relationship from our cultural backgrounds
- Job interview activity: expressing what we’ve learned about Te Tiriti and how it relates to us
Reflection & evaluation activity
- The Wave: looking back at our perspectives on Te Tiriti and how they have shifted.