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Dr Muriel Newman

Treaty Book Project


This is the Treaty Book Project ORDER PAGE 

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

The great Maori leader and Member of Parliament Sir Apirana Ngata wrote his brilliant explanation of the Treaty in the Maori language in 1922, in response to ongoing questions about the meaning of Treaty.

This project was inspired by a government initiative in 1963, which held Sir Apirana’s explanation in such high regard that it was translated into English and delivered to all Maori households as an insert in a government magazine.

With the debate about the Treaty still continuing, we are now distributing Sir Apirana’s explanation of the original meaning of the Maori version of the Treaty 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 book is being printed as a quality newspaper insert for distribution to over a million households. 

An A5 version of the booklet has also been printed for libraries and selected schools. Extra copies are available on request. 

Below is the order form for the A5 booklet.


Please note all donations to this project are being used to fund the million-plus newspaper inserts and booklets being published and delivered to households around the country.

Also, our free NZCPR Newsletter is how we keep in touch – if you are not on our mailing list you can register here:


If you have donated over $20 (to cover costs), please fill in this order form to receive ten complimentary copies of the Treaty booklet. We will post them to you once they have been printed (late June). Additional copies are available on request. 

*Please note: Once you fill in the form, please only press “Submit” once then wait – your order will be registered and you will be taken through to the ‘confirmation’ page … it just takes a while!

Treaty Book Request