Class ex­plains Treaty his­tory

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New Zealan­ders cel­e­brate Wai­tangi Day on Fe­bru­ary 6 ev­ery year but for many the his­tory of it re­mains cloudy.

A work­shop be­ing run by Set­tle­ment Sup­port New Zealand will give some back­ground to the Treaty and ex­plain its aim to pro­tect the in­ter­ests of tan­gata whenua while pro­vid­ing for the law­ful mi­gra­tion and set­tle­ment of other New Zealan­ders.

The work­shop will pro­vide sim­ple, ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about the Treaty of Wai­tangi to peo­ple new to New Zealand, says Set­tle­ment Sup­port co-or­di­na­tor An­nette Woods.

‘‘It will in­tro­duce peo­ple to the con­tem­po­rary de­bate around Treaty is­sues in or­der to help them re­flect on their place in this de­bate.

‘‘The re­source for this work­shop was cre­ated in re­sponse to calls from mi­grants, in­clud­ing the Refugee Coun­cil of New Zealand and the Fed­er­a­tion of Eth­nic Coun­cils, who wanted to be ed­u­cated about the Treaty.’’

It will be held from 9.15am till 2.45pm on Fri­day, June 1, in the He­len Smith Com­mu­nity room at Pataka and will be co-fa­cil­i­tated by Dr In­grid Hu­gyens and Phillipa Watt.

Dr Huy­gens was a mem­ber of the steer­ing group drawn from a group who at­tended the Treaty Con­fer­ence 2000, where tauiwi (im­mi­grant) com­mu­ni­ties came to­gether to af­firm the Treaty of Wai­tangi and ex­plore the fu­ture of Aotearoa. She was also the orig­i­nal con­trib­u­tors to the re­source.

Phillipa Watt is the English for Speak­ers of Other Lan­guages co­or­di­na­tor at the Porirua Lan­guage Project and was trained by Dr Huy­gens to de­liver the train­ing. There will also be a pre­sen­ta­tion on the Maori per­spec­tive of the Treaty of Wai­tangi from Ngati Toa Ru­nanga chair­man Taku Parai.

To reg­is­ter for a place please con­tact Set­tle­ment Sup­port co-or­di­na­tor An­nette Woods on 237 3578 or email

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