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Dr Muriel Newman

Treaty Book Project


This is the Treaty Book Project DONATION PAGE 


As a public good project, the NZCPR is publishing and distributing to as many New Zealand households as funding allows, free copies of the English translation of Sir Apirana Ngata’s 1922 “The Treaty of Waitangi: an explanation”.



In 1922, in response to ongoing questions about the meaning of the Treaty of Waitangi, the trained lawyer and Member of Parliament Sir Apirana Ngata wrote an explanation of the Treaty in the Maori language.

Forty-one years later, with questions still remaining, Sir Apirana’s book was translated into English and distributed free of charge to Maori households as an insert in a government magazine.

Another forty years on, with the debate continuing, we are distributing Sir Apirana’s explanation the Treaty’s original meaning to Kiwi households.

And who better to bring some clarity into the Treaty debate than one of New Zealand’s most respected Maori leaders – the man who appears on our fifty-dollar bank note!



The project is in two parts.

The first is printing Sir Apirana’s brilliant explanation of the Treaty in a format that allows for mass distribution to an estimated 1.4 million households – namely as a quality insert in the country’s newspaper network.

And the second part involves printing the explanation as an A5 booklet to send to libraries and selected schools.

At the present time we have printed and delivered 500,000 of the Treaty inserts, and thanks to the generous support we have now received we are about to give the green light for another 400,000 inserts. That will bring the total coverage to almost 900,000 households.

We are continuing our fundraising efforts as we seek support to be able to print and distribute the final 500,000 inserts needed to complete the project and cover the rest of the country. So, if you know anyone else who might be interested in helping, please direct them to this fundraising page:

In addition, the A5 booklets have now been received and we are starting to send them out to libraries, schools – as well as donors to the project, since all donations of over $20 {to cover costs) qualify for ten complimentary copies of the booklet. 

To contribute to this ambitious project, please fill in the donation form below – then head over to the order page HERE to lodge your request.

If you would prefer to donate by phone, using your credit card, we are happy to help – please call us on: (09) 434 3836 .

And if you would prefer to donate directly, here are the details – Internet Banking: please credit ASB Bank NZCPR Treaty Book Project account: 12-3099-0833814-51 – but please include your first name so we can identify you correctly. 

Thank you for your wonderful support.

Kindest regards,




Dr Muriel Newman
New Zealand Centre for Political Research
PS Once you have donated please head over to our order page to lodge your request for the complimentary A5 booklets HERE.
PPS If you have any problems, please phone us on 09 434 3836 or email me at 
PPPS Please don’t forget, the way we keep in touch is through our free NZCPR Newsletter – please click HERE if you would like to register.


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