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The Treaty and Māori culture

Keep your clients informed about the Treaty of Waitangi and tikanga (Māori customs and traditions) by providing them with the resources below.

All immigration advisers have a duty to help clients access information on the Treaty of Waitangi and tikanga (Māori customs and traditions), on request. This falls within clause 2(f) of the Licensed Immigration Advisers Code of Conduct 2014, and Competency 3.5 of the Immigration Advisers Competency Standards 2016.

If you wish to incorporate Te Reo Māori into your business you can visit the Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori(external link) (the Māori Language Commission) website for ideas on how to do so.

Treaty of Waitangi

Help your clients understand Māori customs and culture by providing them with these downloadable leaflets on the Treaty of Waitangi and steering them to the online exhibition TREATY 2 U(external link).

For a wealth of information on Māori customs and culture visit the Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand(external link) website.


All about the Treaty (PDF, 1.1MB)(external link)
The journey of the Treaty (PDF, 700KB)(external link)
The story of the Treaty - part 1 (PDF, 1.1MB)(external link)
The story of the Treaty - part 2 (PDF, 870KB)(external link)
Timeline of the Treaty (PDF, 1.1MB)(external link)


Matariki is the Māori name for the group of stars also known as the Pleiades star cluster or the Seven Sisters and what is referred to as the traditional Māori New Year.

The Māori New Year is marked by the rise of Matariki and the sighting of the next new moon. The pre-dawn rise of Matariki can be seen in the last few days of May every year and the New Year is marked at the sighting of the next new moon which occurs during June. Matariki events occur throughout New Zealand and the timing of the events varies depending on Iwi and geographical differences.