Māori are tangata whenua — people of the land. They came to Aotearoa from Polynesia in the 13th century and created a new language and culture.
Research indicates that Māori originated in eastern Polynesia.
Māori origins and arrivals Polynesian explorers and exploration of New Zealand Early Māori explorers Pre-European society Māori history in brief European settlement
Abel Tasman’s arrival in 1642 is the first firm evidence of Europeans reaching New Zealand.
The arrival of Europeans Māori values and practices — in contact with Europeans New Zealand’s internal wars Treaty of Waitangi — te Tiriti o Waitangi
The Treaty is New Zealand’s founding document made between the British Crown and about 540 Māori rangatira (chiefs).
Explore the Treaty of Waitangi A range of features about the Treaty and Waitangi Day The meaning of the Treaty Visit the Waitangi treaty grounds and treaty house
The original Treaty documents are at He Tohu at the National Library in Wellington. You can view the Treaty any time during opening hours. If you’re a large group or want a guide, you can book a free guided tour.
Treaty documents Visit He Tohu at the National Library
Book a free guided tour
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