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He Tatau Pounamu – Ōtautahi

May 28 @ 19:00 - 21:00

The Treaty of Waitangi, a Covenant of Reconciliation

with Dr Alistair Reese

We are at a decisive moment as a nation, a time when the agreement by which tangata whenua and tangata tiriti live together is being called into question. So how can we renew and deepen our understanding of the Treaty of Waitangi? What does it mean to say that the Treaty is a sacred compact, a covenant, even? And what has been the role of the Church in relation to the Treaty? What might this require now?

In this event brought to you in partnership by Karuwhā and Venn, historian and public theologian Dr. Alistair Reese takes up this challenge, helping us to understand how the Treaty is he tatau pounamu—a covenant pathway of reconciliation. He will consider the history and context of this foundational document, including the role of the Church in its shape and interpretation. And he will weigh, with us, how best to respond—how best to honour the Treaty now.

This event will take place in Auckland, Wellington, Dunedin, and Christchurch throughout May 2024. Dates and venues are below. For each evening, doors will open at 6:40pm for a 7:00pm start. Please register below as spaces are limited.


Tāmaki Makaurau, Auckland
Tuesday, 7 May, 7pm-9pm
Tatai Hono Marae, 10 Burleigh Street, Grafton, Auckland



Te Whanganui-a-Tara, Wellington
Tuesday, 14 May, 7pm-9pm
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 170 Willis Street, Te Aro, Wellington



Ōtepoti, Dunedin
Monday, 27 May, 7pm-9pm
Knox Church, 449 George Street, Dunedin North



Ōtautahi, Christchurch
Tuesday, 28 May, 7pm-9pm
Christchurch Cathedral, Cnr Madras & Hereford Streets, Christchurch



Karuwhā Trust
Venn Foundation
UoO Centre for Theology and Public Issues


Christchurch Cathedral
Cnr Madras & Hereford Streets
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