In this extract from her bestselling book The Treaty of Waitangi, Claudia Orange reports in detail on the dramatic events which led to the signing of the Treaty on 6 February 1840.
Claudia Orange is Practice Leader Research at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, having previously headed the museum’s History and Pacific Cultures section.
She was General Editor of the multi-volume, award-winning Dictionary of New Zealand Biography from 1990 to 2003. She was also Acting Chief Historian from 1997 to 2000 in the History Group of the Department of Internal Affairs, and then 2002–2003 was Senior Historian in Te Ara, the online Encyclopedia of New Zealand in the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.
She has produced several works on the Treaty of Waitangi – from the award-winning Treaty of Waitangi (1987) to An Illustrated History of the Treaty of Waitangi (2004). She has written widely on early New Zealand history and on twentieth century race relations, and was foundation chair of the National Oral History Association of New Zealand (NOHANZ).
Dr Claudia Orange was appointed the OBE in 1993, received the University of Auckland’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997, and was awarded the honour of Distinguished Companion of the Order of New Zealand in 2009.
Award-winning writers Geoff Chapple, Claudia Orange, Anne Salmond and Dick Scott explore pivotal moments in New Zealand’s history in this bundle of BWB Texts.
These four works are combined into one easy-to-read e-book, available direct and DRM-free from our website or from international e-book retailers.
In When the Tour Came to Auckland Geoff Chapple describes the startling scenes as the Springbok rugby tour of New Zealand in 1981 comes to a violent conclusion.
In What Happened at Waitangi? Claudia Orange explains the events on the ground that led to the signing of the Treaty on 6 February 1840.
Anne Salmond’s First Contact details the dramatic visit of Dutch ships led by Abel Tasman to Golden Bay at the top of the South Island in 1642, and the meeting of Māori and European worlds.
Dick Scott’s Parihaka Invaded describes the non-violent defiance of Te Whiti-o-Rongomai, Tohu Kakahi and their followers at Parihaka and is one of the great New Zealand narratives.
BWB Texts are short books on big subjects by great New Zealand writers. Commissioned as short digital-first works, BWB Texts unlock diverse stories, insights and analysis from the best of our past, present and future New Zealand writing.