Max Hailstone

Aotearoa New Zealand, b.1942, d.1997

Te Tiriti o Waitangi: The Eastern Bay of Plenty Sheet

  • Purchased, 1991
  • Silkscreen
  • 1210 x 805mm
  • 91/18:4-9
  • 1990

For the exhibition, 'Max Hailstone: Te Ara Takahaka Tapuae / Points of Reference' (9 April – 28 August 2016) these works were accompanied by the following words of Max Hailstone.

“[T]hese marks were in all probability the first marks written by many of the chiefs as well as perhaps among the earliest examples of indigenous writing from New Zealand.”

“For the Māori people the prints represent much more than simple marks, they are part of their ancestors and as such maintain their spiritual qualities quite often moving them to tears or private reflection, quite unrelated to the Treaty’s political or legal relevance.”

“I decided to reproduce the Treaty from ‘the other side’ as it were, dealing only with the people and their signatures without which there would be no validity to the document whatsoever. This approach forces the viewer to become involved with the people and their very human contribution.”