Te Tiriti o Waitangi

As a founding document, Te Tiriti o Waitangi is fundamental to development in Aotearoa New Zealand, and to Trade Aid’s approach to development issues internationally. It provides a basis from which Trade Aid’s own understanding and application of principles of partnership can be drawn.


The Trade Aid Movement is committed to deepening its engagement, understanding and work in the following areas:

  1. Trade Aid is committed to incorporating te reo Māori and tikanga Māori into activities within Trade Aid.
    • One way in which Trade Aid, as a New Zealand based organisation, can practically honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi is by using tikanga Māori and te reo Māori appropriately in our regular activities.
  2. Trade Aid encourages an understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi amongst its staff, trustees and volunteers.
    • Education about Te Tiriti o Waitangi will help to deepen our understanding of Māori perspectives, and in so doing also broaden our understanding of the impact of colonisation on the Indigenous and marginalised communities with whom we work.
  3. Trade Aid encourages the development of relationships between Trade Aid entities and local Māori communities.
    • Trade Aid entities in New Zealand operate in a local environment. Engaging with local Māori communities in the areas in which we operate will contribute to our understanding of Māori aspirations and our ability to support them.

The Trade Aid Movement is on a journey to continuously learn, improve and reflect on this important mahi. If you would like further information or if you have feedback for us, we encourage you to get in touch.

Trade Aid staff and family members having fun at a Trade Aid Matariki celebration.

Trade Aid staff and family members having fun at a Trade Aid Matariki celebration.