Returning to a biographical focus of the first two series, series four will highlight four individuals who lived by values of honesty, integrity, grace, humility, forgiveness and courage in the face of the betrayal of the Treaty of Waitangi. The final story — similar to the first story in the first series (Te Powhiri — The Welcome), might be an overview story taking us through to today, with the Treaty of Waitangi Tribunal having been established to bring some apology to past wrongs. The final story is important to the series – because it frames the failures in history in a context that we can now feel proud of. Our nation has chosen live by the values of justice received from our heritage – even though at most times in history such a thing would never have happened. It is something that we hope this series will help to become viewed a lot more positively!

Series three is the only series for which the stories are already partly-known by teachers and some of the public. This makes it’s sale easier – because it’s credibility isn’t questioned (which some of the other stories are – because the stories haven’t been told, and many are unaware of the powerful dynamics they contain in our early pre-Treaty history, and modern prejudices can preclude an ability to accept or understand the history).

However, the Waitangi series also has a significant strength in the way the narrative is ‘carried’. It firstly provides a narrative with a broader picture of what was happening in the lead up to the Treaty 1840 than most tellings of the history reveal. It also reveals a more robust range of the differing perspectives of those involved – including Maori, whalers/sealers/traders, missionaries, settlers and the colonial office. (Contrast this with the common over-amplification of the story as  ‘Maori = victim and Pakeha = perpetrator’, which is all too-oft communicated, even if inadvertently).  The way a story is told is important!

With a range of views in mind, this series also deliberately works to draw the non-Maori reader into the story (because Maori usually have a positive view to the Treaty anyway). As a result it leaves the reader with a level of empathy they may not have gained from other tellings of the story (at least, this is our hope). The narrative hopefully also leaves the reader with a feeling pride at who we are as a nation – because positive dynamics within the wider story are revealed which have too-often remained hidden or not been brought together well. For reasons like these we believe this series will be increasingly valued.

For awareness: A  ‘teachers resources’ was created and trailed early in 2017 and released late in 2017   – with different material for upper primary, intermediate and lower secondary teachers. This will helps teachers to more-easily teach and engage with the series, thus discovering the great educational resource that it is.


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It whets the appetite for those who would like to learn more about the effects of the Treaty…

This series is an animated presentation of events leading up to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the various personalities involved and of events beyond the signing. It gives the reader a glimpse into the rich history upon which our nation is built. It whets the appetite for those who would like to learn more about the effects of the Treaty, and of the place that it has in modern New Zealand society.

Pita Parone, Chairman of the Waitangi National Trust

An engaging documentation and historical commentary that all schools should have.

This resource is a fresh and creative way to engage students with the history of New Zealand. As a series, it covers so many aspects of our country’s history and is an engaging documentation and historical commentary that all schools should have.

Lisa Parish, Primary School Principal

This illustrated Waitangi series for children represents the different characters well. These stories are a taonga. I encourage every parent and teacher to tell them to their children, so we can understand our past, and forge our future together.

Peeni Henare (Ngāti Hine, Ngāpuhi), MP for Tāmaki Makaurau

I was born and raised here in Waitangi, my ancestors signed the Treaty. One of my passions is sharing our local perspectives on history. The Chronicles of Paki Treaty of Waitangi series has my full blessing. It’s a perfect time to release this story into the mainstream. The knowledge within it has the power to transform our nation. I sincerely believe that it will heal hearts, enlighten minds and bring about an everlasting spirit of kotahitanga [oneness].

Ngāti Kawa Taituha, The Waitangi Marae Chairman

Tēnā koutou. On behalf of the people of Ngāti Hauā, I am pleased to see the story of our ancestors Wīremu Tāmehana Tarapīpipi Te Waharoa and Ngākuku and his daughter Tārore being told for the children of New Zealand. I would like to endorse this story as an acceptable historical account of their lives.

Mokoro Gillett , Co-Chairperson Ngāti Hauā Iwi Trust

I have great pleasure in recommending the story of Te Pahi.  An excellent way to excite and encourage children of all ages to read and explore all the wonders of Māori leaders from mai rano – long ago.

Kāhore ōku nei raruraru ki te whakaara ake ano te Āo matekite o tenēi tohunga, ā Te Pahi.  He tikanga hei whakamarama atu ki ngā uri whakatipu o te wā nei, ara hoki kia panui rātou te ahua me ōna tika māori katoa o tēra  wā.

Nau Epiha, Ngāpuhi kaumatua

Each story should capture the imagination and interest of children in every generation.

I consider this wonderful series to be a taonga – gift. The Chronicles of Paki make for exciting reading. Each story should capture the imagination and interest of children in every generation. I am very pleased to endorse The Chronicles of Paki Treaty of Waitangi Series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. It is an excellent piece of work and I am proud to be associated with its publication. Kia ora!

The Rt Rev’d Te Kitohi Pikaahu, Bishop of Tai Tokerau

The Paki series brings our early history to life in an accessible and engaging way. They are stories that deserve to be widely read by Kiwi kids.

Samuel Carpenter, Historian and trustee, Karuwha Trust

This account of my Tupuna, Patuone, is accurate, telling one small part of the life and times of this great Ariki of Ngāpuhi. As a direct descendant of this Ariki, I approve of these stories from our past, coming out as great reading for our future generations.

Mauri Ora Raniera T (Sonny) Tau