Te Tiriti o Waitangi / The Treaty of Waitangi
The bilingual graphic novel you need to read. Yes we know, a graphic novel, but hear us out because this book will quickly become a staple on your journey of New Zealand history.
Authors Ross Calman, Mark Derby and Piripi Walker do a brilliant job of sticking to the simple language to help even the young decipher our complex history. This book hits all of the main events of our timeline, since the arrival of the first waka, to the settlements still going through today. But does so in both english and te reo māori, flip book style. This format alongside Toby Morris’s illustrations brings Aoetearoa’s history to life in an engaging new way.
Accessibility was a huge factor in the creation of this book, which is why they include a link that covers both versions of the treaty translated into 30 other languages, including New Zealand Sign Language!
Another aspect of this awesome resource that ensures accessibility is the low price point. For only $20NZD kiwis of all ages can access a book about our founding treaty, that doesn’t make your head spin.
If you are on the start of your historical journey, this graphic novel is a great place to start.