Te Tiriti of Waitangi

The Treaty of Waitangi (Māori: Te Tiriti o Waitangi) is a treaty first signed on 6 February 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and Māori chiefs (rangatira) from the North Island of New Zealand. An immediate result of the Treaty was that Queen Victoria’s government gained the sole right to purchase land.

The Treaty of Waitangi is an agreement made between representatives of the British Crown and more than 500 Māori chiefs. It resulted in the declaration of British sovereignty over New Zealand by Lieutenant-Governor William Hobson in May 1840. Most chiefs signed a Māori-language version of the treaty.

On 28 October 1835, James Busby took this a step further at a hui (meeting) he had called at Waitangi. By the end of the day, 34 rangatiras had signed He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni (known in English as the Declaration of Independence of the United Tribes of New Zealand).

The best example of this is the Maori Language Act 1987 in which it was decreed that “The Māori language is hereby declared to be an official language of New Zealand.”, this decree means that in government Maori language would become acceptable to be used in legal settings.

Being an IT consultant it is very difficult to design a website in two languages(Maori and English) and the very less population of New Zealand speaks Maori, almost 3%.

In team participation, it is very important to make sure everyone understands everything, everyone,s culture and tradition, and language is being respected and most importantly it is to work in partnership with the Maori to strengthen the productivity and reliability of the team allowing each member to be at their best.

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