Otago Polytechnic

Introduction to Te Tiriti o Waitangi workshop



Two days, 9.00am - 3.00pm

On campus

16 - 17 March 2021
7 - 8 July 2021
14 - 15 September 2021
3 - 4 November 2021
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    1 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    3 November 2021
  • Dunedin
    16 March 2021
  • Dunedin
    7 July 2021
  • Dunedin
    14 September 2021

Examine the Treaty of Waitangi's historical and modern relevance to our society and apply the Treaty articles to your professional practice.

This two day workshop provides an environment in which you can explore the Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its implications in a non-confrontational, collaborative process. This learning framework enables you to understand the historical context of Te Tiriti as well as the contemporary debate and its relevance. The workshop will examine a broad range of issues, including those which you may raise.

Upon completion of this short course, you will be able to discuss the social conditions of each of the signatories and recognise the shifts in power between the signatories after the signing of Te Tiriti. You will also be able to debate the history and current status of Kai Tahu and the relationship of organisations to Mana Whenua and apply the articles of Te Tiriti to your own occupational/professional practice.

Entry requirements
  • Open entry.
Additional documentation

If you have not previously enrolled in an Otago Polytechnic programme, you will need to provide proof of identity and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

There are a maximum number of spaces available for each workshop so if the course date you request is full, you will be invited to attend the next available workshop.

You will study

Courses will cover the following:

  • Cultural identity and cultural diversity
  • Pre-Treaty: The New Zealand historical context
  • Pre-Treaty: The Māori context
  • The Treaty: Issues leading up to and surrounding its signing
  • Post-Treaty context and colonisation
  • Kai Tahu as Mana Whenua
  • Contemporary Treaty issues
  • Application to own professional and occupational practice.
Your workload

You will be encouraged to complete overnight reading during this workshop.

What can I study next?

After attending this workshop, you'll be in a great position to apply for our Certificate in Bicultural Competency (Level 4)


While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.

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