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The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana

The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana
The story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Tauranga is a fascinating one, told for the first time in this bilingual picture book.

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The Treaty of Waitangi was first signed in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. Over the following months a further eight Treaty sheets were signed in various locations around Aotearoa. One of those places was Tauranga. 'The Treaty of Waitangi in Tauranga: Te Tiriti o Waitangi ki Tauranga Moana' by Debbie McCauley is a bilingual children's non-fiction narrative picture book telling the story of the Treaty's journey in Tauranga and due for release on Waitangi Day 2018.

BLURB: The story of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in Tauranga is a fascinating one, told for the first time in this bilingual picture book. The document arrived in Tauranga after many years of violence and bloodshed had decimated the local population. Just days before the Treaty’s arrival, a Tauranga chief was tricked into attending peace talks before being murdered and eaten. 

Not all the chiefs of Tauranga Moana signed the Treaty; those who didn’t wanted to govern themselves, those who did were looking for protection against their enemies. However, just two years after the signings, three Tauranga Treaty signatories were murdered and eaten in what was one of the last cannibal feasts near Tauranga.

CONTENTS: Otamataha Pā massacre and Herald visit; Treaty of Waitangi; Te Papa Mission Station; Murder of chief Pōnui; Tauranga Treaty (Sheet 5); Nuka Taipari and Maungatapu Pā; Hōri Kingi Tūpaea and Ōtūmoetai Pā; Missionary James Stack; Sack of Ōngare Pā; Peace Treaty; Golden Age of Māori enterprise; New Zealand Wars; Tauranga Treaty of Waitangi settlements; Text of the Tauranga Treaty; Tauranga Treaty signatories; Tauranga Treaty witnesses; Tauranga Moana timeline (Early history, Musket Wars, New Zealand Wars, Treaty of Waitangi settlements) Glossary; Treaty activities; Index; Acknowledgements and picture credits.

Author: Debbie McCauley

Illustrator: Whare Joseph Thompson

Translator: nā Tamati Waaka i whakamāori

Designer: Sarah Elworthy

Publisher: Mauao Publishing (Tauranga)

First Published: 6 February 2018

ISBN: 9780473412142

RRP: $39.95

Written by

Debbie McCauley, Author

3 Feb 2018

Debbie McCauley (Ngāti Kirimā) is an award-winning author and indie publisher.