Making sense of the Treaty course

These courses are available for organisations to host. Hosts provide the venue and a cup of tea for participants. There is no charge for facilitation or resources.
 
If you would like to attend a course as an individual please choose one already scheduled from 'TRC Public Courses' on the front page.
 
Making Sense of the Treaty courses are open to the public and are 6 or 12 hours in length.
These courses are intended to:
  • increase understanding of the Treaty by providing basic information about why it was written and what it says
  • address common misunderstandings
Both courses include why the Treaty was written, what it says, what went wrong, and issues today. In addition a 12 hour course includes:
  • the motivations of the British Crown and the hapū for having a Treaty
  • details of events leading up and on 6 February 1840
  • the difference between Treaty articles and principles
  • applying Te Tiriti in your own life today

Use the table to find the course content that will meet your requirements.

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COURSE CONTENT 3 hours * (not free option) 6 hours 12 hours

INTRODUCTION

     
Why people see things differently — the wave
Reading list
Meaning of key terms

CONTEXT - WHY A TREATY WAS WANTED

     
Pre-European contact

Early Māori-European engagement

British engagement (Busby)
Motives of the different parties
Declaration of Independence
Lord Normanby’s instructions to Captain Hobson
events around the signing

WHAT THE TREATY SAYS

     
The articles
Significance of each article in 1840
Rights and responsibilities

WHAT WENT WRONG

     
Colonisation
Expectation of one nation
Taking land
Assimilation
The situation today

WHERE WE ARE TODAY

     
Treaty principles
Treaty settlements
Foreshore and seabed
Frequently asked questions
Models for applying the Treaty
What can I do personally

The above are guidelines rather than fixed rules; we are prepared to negotiate in particular situations.

Note: The Auckland WEA does not receive any regular income or grants to provide courses, but we do believe that education is essential to promoting understanding; so we have tried to create a system which maximises access and distributes cost as fairly as possible. If you have questions or would like further clarification, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

* This is a paid option.