Te Tiriti o Waitangi – The Treaty of Waitangi is not a single large sheet of paper but a group of nine documents: seven on paper and two on parchment. Together they represent an agreement drawn up between representatives of the British Crown on the one hand and representatives of Māori iwi and hapū on the other. Named after the place in the Bay of Islands where it was first signed on 6 February 1840, the Treaty was also signed at locations around the country over a seven-month period.
Our Te Tiriti o Waitangi eBook (PDF 209kb, HTML) provides an introduction to the Treaty, further online resources, a chronology of events, and transcripts of the document, including the English version as signed, the Māori version as signed, and a modern English translation of the Māori version.
You can view and download free high resolution images of the nine sheets below, or from the Archives New Zealand Flickr page. For a day-to-day account of the signing of the Treaty, check out our Treaty Day-by-Day Flickr album.