237.131 Wk 5 Blog Task : “Chapter 8: Making and Empire?”

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making empire?” Making Peoples: A history of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian settlement to the end of the nineteenth century. Hawai’i Press, 2001. 179-203. Print.Use quotes and citations where appropriate.


New Zealand was colonized by the British empire in 1840 when the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. In chapter 8 of Tangata Whenua, Belich discusses the struggles and conflicts caused at the time between the British crown and the Maori people to achieve sovereignty over New Zealand and sign the Treaty of Waitangi. The French colony settled in New Zealand, when potential control over New Zealand to have taken place (Belch 179) which the British Empire have taken chances of for full sovereignty over New Zealand. The British Empire shares the same objective with other countries for govern and reveals its determination of strong dominance over other countries (Belich 180). Belich discusses that the Treaty had at least five sets where the English translation was different to the Maori interpretation. The conflicts in interpretations and translations between the Maori and Pakeha versions of the Treaty meant the whole New Zealand country for differences and changes. The Pakeha view on Maori people is revealed as they have underestimated the power of Maori and gave no knowledge of the British power and complete sovereignty. Because of the misunderstanding was attempted to be resolved by the Chief “…. If you Europeans will do their part, I will do mine and will make amends” (Heke 203). However this failed and resulted in civil wars due to Maori’s protecting their rights.


Using Dick’s lecture and tutorial discussions to help you, explain how you think these events impacted on visual and material culture in Aotearoa/New Zealand. 


These events impacted on visual and material culture in New Zealand as the misunderstanding and conflict allowed artists and designers to be able to create a piece of artwork and show what they believe New Zealand should be seen. For example the hand-painted NZ flag change in 1902 reveals its simplistic style but also like the Maori people standing up for their rights, represents more about the country and their knowledge of artists and designers.


Works Cited:

Belich, James. “Chapter 8: Making Empire?” Making Peoples: A History of the New Zealanders, from Polynesian Settlement to the End of the Nineteenth Century. Honolulu: U of Hawaii. 1996. 179-203. Print

Anderson, Atholl, Judith Binney, and Aroha Harris. Tangata Whenua : An Illustrated History. n.p.: Wellington : Bridget Williams Books, 2014. Print.


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