MAST 104

Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi)

Course overview

You’ll get acquainted with the Treaty of Waitangi and its application to contemporary Aotearoa-New Zealand society.

Course information

Prerequisites and Restrictions You must satisfy the following requirement(s):
  • a minimum average grade of C- across the course(s) specified below
  • restriction He Tirohaka Whakamuri (An Overview of Maori Issues), MAST-115
Available semesters Semester 1 2024
Credits 15
Domestic fees $837.00

What you will learn

After successfully completing this course, you’ll be able to:

  1. Explain why we have a Treaty and introduce the historical, social, economic, and political elements that led to the institution of the Treaty of Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa-New Zealand.
  2. Study the circumstances of the signing at Waitangi and elsewhere.
  3. Discuss the Treaty Articles and to identify and explain the discrepancies between the Māori and English versions.
  4. Examine what happened after the Treaty; the wars, raupatu, legislation, protests and other significant events in colonial and recent history in terms of sovereignty, rights, land and the Treaty.
  5. Explain the reconciliation and restoration, how and why the Waitangi Tribunal was established and its function in the processing of Maori claims.
  6. Discuss Treaty Principles in the context of Māori and the Crown’s paradigm.
  7. Examine and reflect on Treaty settlements.
  8. Develop a broad understanding of the significance of the Treaty in contemporary Aotearoa-New Zealand, applying this in the context of modern commerce and life, extending this to kaitiakitanga and land use/management.

Course examiners

Hirini Matunga

Hirini Matunga


Faculty of Environment, Society and Design