Waitangi: A living treaty

I’m pleased to announce the release of my latest major history title today – a book on the Treaty of Waitangi, which is published by Bateman Books and available from all good bookstores in New Zealand or online.

The book explores the concept that the Treaty is a living document, its meaning and purpose evolving with society and thus making it as current in today’s context as it ever was. To show that, I’ve explored how its meanings have changed over time with changing society. Just to give that a bit of context for my readers outside New Zealand, this Treaty – signed in February 1840 – is one of New Zealand’s key founding documents, essentially as important to New Zealand as the Constitution is to the United States, although the Treaty itself is not a constitution.

There’s going to be more here and elsewhere about the book in coming days I’ve got a book signing this week and some mainstream media interviews lined up. And it is, I believe, already picked up as a university text.

Click to buy direct. Or check out any good NZ bookshop.

Here’s the blurb: “Acclaimed historian Matthew Wright explores the evolution of New Zealand’s most historically significant document, the Treaty of Waitangi, from its origins to its place in the present day. From the early cultural collisions between Maori and Pakeha that led to this landmark agreement, to the many reinterpretations that have followed, Waitangi: A Living Treaty brings the story and concepts of the Treaty to live in this revealing and thought-provoking read.”

To check it out, go to any good New Zealand bookshop – or click on the cover above to go direct to the publisher’s website. More soon.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2019

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8 thoughts on “Waitangi: A living treaty

  1. I never knew about the Waitangi Treaty until I started really getting into my research. I have done a post on it, but will enjoy learning more! Good work, Matt.

    1. Thanks! The Treaty has been well covered in New Zealand and, these days, has been heavily politicised; but I’ve taken a different angle which I hope sheds light on the way the received social meaning of it has changed over the years. The book’s already been picked up as recommended reading at one of our universities, which is great (I had it peer reviewed by a friend of mine, a professor, who liked it.) It was an enormous amount of work over a number of years. Oddly, I ended up learning more than I ever wanted to know about Royal Naval saluting protocols circa 1840 along the way.

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