• Who were major players in the formation of the Treaty of Waitangi?
Captain William Hobson wrote the treaty with the help of his secretary, James Freeman, and British Resident James Busby.
It was then translated to Te Reo by Henry Williams and his son Edward Marsh Williams.
• What was the name of the first declaration made by James Busby in 1835?
He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni
• What year was the Treaty signed?
6 February 1840.
• Do some primary research and name one piece of legislation where the Treaty or aspects of the Treaty have been included.
Article III of the Treaty of Waitangi sets out the right to equality before the law. This right is also protected under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act and the Human Rights Act.
• Describe how you think the Treaty would impact you if you were an IT Consultant within a large New Zealand Government organisation.
If I were an IT Consultant within a large New Zealand Government organisation, I would come across more use of Te Reo Māori than in a job in a private organisation. Also, I will have to be more aware and understanding of Maori culture and protocols.
• If you were a Team Leader, managing a large group of individuals, some Maori, within a government department in NZ, explain what these three words mean in the context of acting within the framework of the Treaty of Waitangi.
o Participation: It means inclusion of Maori in decision making process and equal participation of all.
o Protection: Means that Māori tikanga (culture and protocols) and taonga (treasures) such as Te Reo Māori (Māori language) are respected and given equal footing to the tikanga and taonga of other cultures.
o Partnership: This means working together at all levels of the organisation and having a say in the policy and management of the organisation. It means engaging with Māori in the community when you plan work that affects them.