He Whenua Rangatira

Ordinances of New Zealand

Animated history of Māori arrivals from 1200, European arrival from 1642 and the land appropriation that followed.

He Tohu is an exhibition presented by Archives New Zealand and the National Library of New Zealand.  The animations form part of that exhibition but provide a brief overview of the migratory patterns of our people and those who came afterwards.

After the signing of He Whakaputanga in 1835-1839 the following animation shows a visual picture of the land acquisitions and confiscations from 1840. 

Following the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in 1840, "The Ordinances of New Zealand" passed in the first ten sessions of the General Legislative Council (1841-1849) provides great insight into the minds of the Colonial Government of the time.     

With two forms of agreements signed with Māori, these ordinances are where it all began for the Crown.  They are the Acts of Parliament that would determine the fate of our people.  With partners and governance like that it is hardly surprising that generational resentment remains.

On a positive note, our resounding warrior nature and the strength of our tūpuna that paved the way has uplifted our language, our culture and educated us to a place where we now have the opportunity to use a combination of what we have learned to nourish and flourish.  The question is will we?

Beyond the Waharoa
Guide Sophia

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