Recommended literature on the Treaty of Waitangi

Please see below a short bibliography, (spanning 50 years), demonstrating that comprehensive literature exists which challenges the current political/cultural/academic “orthodoxy” of the history of New Zealand and its evolution. Professor Martin Devlin, author of the bibliography, explains "This orthodoxy is mainly based on presentist interpretations of the Treaty of Waitangi, continuously relayed in the New Zealand media, which, in turn, consistently fails to present alternative views. Much of this orthodoxy comprises personal opinions, myths and revised histories. This bibliography allows students to see that alternative views exist which challenge the 'orthodoxy'.” 

Anderson, A.

Towards 1990: Seven Leading Historians Examine Significant Aspects of New Zealand History
Anderson, A., et al., GP Books, 1989
Google Books: 8LdBAAAAYAAJ

Ngāi Tahu: A Migration History
Anderson, A., and Tau, Te M., Bridget William Books, 2008
Google Books: lkxFwW7I4ZoC

Barr, H.

The Gathering Storm Over the Foreshore and Seabed: Why it Must Remain in Crown Ownership
Barr, H., Tross Publishing, 2010
Google Books: xJ9LYgEACAAJ

One Treaty, One Nation: The Book Every New Zealander Should Read
Barr, H., et al, Tross Publishing, 2015
Google Books: NAHNjgEACAAJ

Buick, T. L.

The Treaty of Waitangi: How New Zealand Became a British Colony
Buick, T. L., Thomas Avery, 1936 (Capper Press reprint, 1976)
Google Books: xbZBAAAAYAAJ

Butler, M.

Tribes, Treaty, Money, Power: A Guide to New Zealand's Treaty Issues
Butler, M., Tross Publishing, 2014
Google Books: i1_6oAEACAAJ

Christie, W.

Treaty Issues
Christie, W., Wyvern Press, 1997
Google Books: Bse7AQAACAAJ

A Race Apart: Parliament and Race Separatism, the Story
Christie, W., Wyvern Press, 1998
Google Books: T-ByAAAAMAAJ

New Zealand Education and Treatyism
Christie, W., Wyvern Press, 1999
Google Books: u6WgAAAACAAJ

Very topical today.

Cowan, J.

The New Zealand Wars and The Pioneering Period – Vols  I and II
Cowan, J., Government Printer, 1983
Google Books: yiEfzQEACAAJ and pSwZAAAAIAAJ

Authoritative and academically respected as a true description of the NZ Wars.

Crosby, R.

The Musket Wars: A History of Inter-Iwi Conflict 1806-1845
Crosby, R. D., Reed, 1989
Google Books: srS9AQAACAAJ

The Forgotten Wars: Why the Musket Wars Matter Today
Crosby, R., Oratia Books, 2020
Google Books: ySMvEAAAQBAJ

Doak, W.

The Burning of the 'Boyd': A Saga of Culture Clash
Doak, W., Hodder and Stoughton, 1984
Google Books: vqZOAQAACAAJ

Ghoshi, G.

Asians and the New Multiculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand
Ghoshi, G., and Leckie, J, Otago University Press, 2015
Google Books: RPrsrQEACAAJ

Facsimiles of the Treaty of Waitangi and The Declaration of Independence
Government Printer, 1960
Google Books: nw8gMwEACAAJ

Graham, D.

Trick or Treaty?
Graham, Hon D., Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, 1997
Google Books: ZNF8QgAACAAJ

Grayland, E.

Coasts of Treachery
Grayland, E., Reed, 1963

James, C.

Unquiet Time: Aotearoa / New Zealand in a Fast-Changing World
James, C., Fraser Books, 2017
Google Books: IsPLtAEACAAJ

Keenan, D.

Wars Without End: New Zealand's Land Wars - a Maori Perspective
Keenan, D., Penguin, 2021
Google Books: sIJlzQEACAAJ

A presentist treatment of historic Maori land issues.

King, M.

Moriori: A People Rediscovered
King, Dr M., Viking, 1989
Google Books: 6ZZLPgAACAAJ

The Penguin History of New Zealand
King, Dr M., Penguin, 2003 (revised edition 2012)
Google Books: FDlttgAACAAJ

McLean, J.

Parihaka: The Facts
McLean, J., Tross Publishing, 2020
Google Books: GBWgzQEACAAJ

Mitchell, R.

The Treaty and The Act
Mitchell, R., Cadsonbury Publishing, 1990
Google Books: OdhBAAAAYAAJ

McNab, R.

Historical Records of New Zealand, Vols I and II
McNab, R., ed, Government Printer, 1908
Google Books: sryZLhs8S7oC and ON5AyQEACAAJ

Oakley, A.

Cannons Creek to Waitangi
Oakley, A., Tross Publishing, 2014
Google Books: -UFhoAEACAAJ

Once We Were One
Oakley, A., Tross Publishing, 2017
Google Books: inTPswEACAAJ

Prebble, R.

I’ve Been Writing
Prebble, Hon R., Fraser Holland Publishers, 1999
Google Books: mAkbKJ_zWNAC

Rata, E.

Public Policy and Ethnicity: The Politics of Ethnic Boundary Making
Rata, E., and Openshaw, R., Palgrave McMillan, 2006
Google Books: fAWHDAAAQBAJ

Very good.

Renwick, T.L.

The Treaty of Waitangi
Renwick, T.L., 3rd edition, Capper Press, 1986

Renwick, W.

The Treaty Now
Renwick, W., GP Books, 1990 (Govt Printer)
Google Books: 4BUmAQAAIAAJ

Rice, G.

The Oxford History of New Zealand
Rice, G., 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 1992
Google Books: _ht5QgAACAAJ

Robinson, J.

The Corruption of New Zealand Democracy: A Treaty Overview
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2011
Google Books: 3Pf-ygAACAAJ

When Two Cultures Meet: The New Zealand Experience
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2012
Google Books: eJ-qMQEACAAJ

Twisting the Treaty
Robinson, J., et al, Tross Publishing, 2013
Google Books: gZIAmwEACAAJ

The Kingite Rebellion
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2016
Google Books: IshUAQAACAAJ

Dividing a Nation: The Return of Tikanga
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2020
Google Books: IeBQzQEACAAJ

Unrestrained Slaughter: The Maori Musket Wars 1800-1840
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2020
Google Books: nRRrzQEACAAJ

Hone Heke’s War
Robinson, J., Tross Publishing, 2021
Google Books: _VlbzgEACAAJ

Round, D.

Truth or Treaty? Commonsense Questions about the Treaty of Waitangi
Round, D., Canterbury University Press, 1998
Google Books: L3BgAAAACAAJ

Scott, S. C.

The Travesty of Waitangi: Towards Anarchy
Scott, S. C., Campbell Press, 1995
Google Books: Ggl1AAAAMAAJ

Travesty After Travesty
Scott, S. C., Certes Publishing, 1996
Google Books: A5h7swEACAAJ

Sinclair, K.

A History of New Zealand
Sinclair, K., Penguin, 1959
Google Books: 0wH3zQEACAAJ

Regarded as THE classic NZ history.

Slack, D.

Bullshit, Backlash and Bleeding Hearts
Slack, D., Penguin, 2009
Google Books: dCi3AAAACAAJ

Webster, A. C.

New Zealand Politics at the Turn of the Millennium: The NZ Study of Values
Webster, A. C., and Perry, P., Alpha Publishing, 1999
Google Books: P-NKAAAACAAJ

A longitudinal study of New Zealander’s values and attitudes.

Spiral of Values: The Flow from Survival Values to Global Consciousness: an Interpretation of the New Zealand Study of Values
Webster, A. C., Alpha Publishing, 2001
Google Books: KiW9AAAACAAJ



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