The content of this short book is derived directly from the larger illustrated publication, foregoing all illustrations to suit the BWB Texts format. He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tīreni/The Declaration of Independence of New Zealand was signed by fifty-two rangatira from 1835 to 1839. It was a powerful assertion of mana and rangatiratanga, made after decades of Maori and European encounters that had been steadily expanding - both within Aotearoa New Zealand and elsewhere on the globe as Māori travelled abroad. As rangatira reached out, they also forged new alliances. He Whakaputanga was part of that process, reinforcing ties between northern rangatira and the British Crown that dated back nearly half a century.
History and Archaeology
O'Malley / Vincent