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NZ BESTSELLER! Understanding Te Tiriti

NZ BESTSELLER! Understanding Te Tiriti

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This bestselling book was recently the No. 3 non-fiction book in NZ!



Part of the Auckland Writers Festival 2024

"Understanding Te Tiriti: A Handbook of Basic Facts about Te Tiriti o Waitangi" by Roimata Smail distills essential information for every individual in Aotearoa. Leveraging her two-decades of legal expertise in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Smail presents the facts in this short book in a way that is easy to digest. The handbook uses accessible language and beautiful design to make it easy to understand, leaving room for the reader to absorb these basic facts.  Suitable for adults and younger readers. 

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Designed by - sarahhealeydesign

About the author

Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, England, Scotland, Ireland) is a lawyer specialising for two decades in Te Tiriti o Waitangi

She represented lead claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal inquiry that led to the watershed Hauora Report and the establishment of Te Aka Whai Ora, the Māori Health Authority

She also acted on claims about Māori in prison, pēpi and children removed by Oranga Tamariki and the Crown response to Covid-19 as well as representing the first iwi to receive an offer of Customary Marine Title from the Crown

From a family of teachers, she has a passion for education, running workshops on Te Tiriti ( and creating an online resource for schools on Te Tiriti, New Zealand History, te Reo Māori and financial literacy (


Length - 30 Pages

Language - English

Dimensions - A5 (14.7 x 0.3 x 21.1cm)



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