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An Intro to Te Tiriti - Workshop Recording
An Intro to Te Tiriti - Workshop Recording

Tue, Mar 05



An Intro to Te Tiriti - Workshop Recording

Join Treaty expert Sharelle Govignon-Sweet to learn about Te Tiriti o Waitangi

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Time & Location

Mar 05, 2024, 11:00 AM PST – Mar 06, 2024, 7:36 AM PST


About the class

An introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) will give participants a basic understanding of some of the key concepts of Aotearoa New Zealand history.

The course will cover the following moments in time:

  1. Te Ao Māori / The Māori world
  2. Māori and settler relationships
  3. The musket wars and key issues leading up to the Declaration of Independence & the Treaty of Waitangi
  4. Key figures involved in the drafting of the documents
  5. The content and journey of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and The Treaty of Waitangi
  6. Post-Treaty relations and consequences (examples from the 19 th & 20 th centuries)
  7. The Waitangi Tribunal process
  8. Some case studies of claims

***This link is to purchase the recording of the workshop only. The receording link will be emailed to you approx. 1 day after your purchase.  Please make your purchase by March 1st***

Investment: $33.85 USD

FAQ (Answered by Sharelle Govignon-Sweet ) 

1) Who is this workshop for? Whose persective are you speaking from?

This is aimed at an audience who have little to no knowledge of New Zealand history. It is by no means extensive, and while I speak from a Maori perspective, my knowledge and learning are ground in my own particular and unique education and experiences. As such, I do not claim to speak on behalf of, nor represent the views of the entirety of te ao Maori. Rather, I emphasise that each individual, whanau, hapu and iwi grouping have their own specific set of experiences, relationships and feelings with regard to their own history and experiences of colonisation and Te Tiriti. As such, I refer people to their whanau, or local iwi or Maori authority to deepen their knowledge on any of these issues.

2) What is your aim with this workshop?

My aim is simply to provide a foundation from which individuals may start to build their own understanding of where we have come from, and of some of the key moments that have shaped our nation’s social landscape.

3) What is your background? What experience do you have with the Treaty?

My name is Sharelle Govignon-Sweet, I was born and raised in Porirua, Wellington (Ngati Toa) but whakapapa to Te Pakakohi and Ngaruahine in South Taranaki, and Te Whanau a Apanui; Tuhoe in the Bay of Plenty. Both my Koko, Rongo Tupatea Kahukuranui and my Nan Tangiwai Ani Komata Pareraututu Sweet nee Allison were Rangatira in each of their respective communities. As such, I grew up navigating both te ao maori me te ao Pakeha. During my formative years I spent much of my time with Koko who conducted research for our Waitangi Tribunal claim and made a few waves protesting outside parliament, occupying Government buildings and challenging mainstream narratives about our history. This had a profound impact on me and the way I see the world, so its no surprise that I ended up as a Treaty of Waitangi educator on a joint venture between Te Papa Tongarewa (The National Museum of NZ), Archives New Zealand and the National Library. In that capacity I was able to transmit and empower Maori, Pakeha, Kiwis and tauiwi around the nation, with knowledge of our history, something I’m extremely passionate about. While I have lived in France for the past 10 years, I have transferred these skills by teaching Cross Cultural Communications. Through this practice I try to challenge mainstream narratives and encourage conversations about the French identity, ethnicity (which remains a taboo topic in France) and France’s role in colonisation. My husband is French and we have 2 tamariki who are trilingual - French, English and Occitan (reo of South-West France).

Ngā mihi nui,


For more info email Ngā mihi!


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