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The Easy Read book about the Treaty of Waitangi


 The Easy Read book about the Treaty of Waitangi is an illustrated book in simple language. Each page has many pictures to explain the words.

 An ‘Easy Read’ book is a format that presents ideas and information in simple, step-by-step format with illustrations for each line of text. The book answers many questions like What does the Treaty say? Who signed it? What does the Treaty say for Māori? What does it say for people from other places? What happened after the Treaty? What is a protest? It is appropriate for adults who prefer simple language, for newcomers to Aotearoa New Zealand, for school students and for reading aloud. 

The launch of the Easy Read book about the Treaty of Waitangi was celebrated in February 2020 at Hui Te Rangiora Marae in Hamilton. 

The book was created in partnership with IDEA Services, and supported by IHC Foundation funding. It was written by Nicolina Newcombe who interviewed consultants with disability about what they wanted to know about the Treaty. We would also like to acknowledge the People First Make It Easy translations service.

The cover is by by Jean Voon Desgin who created our fern image.

Tangata Tiriti are editors and publishers of this beautiful book which will be distributed free of charge within the disability sector.

The first print run is being distributed within the disability sector by IDEA Services. If you belong to the disability sector please contact

There is not currently a commercial edition available for wider distribution. However, if you would like to be notified when one becomes available send as an email via our contact form.