July 13, 2018
Treaty work wins Orange honour
An historian who has helped give New Zealanders a greater understanding and connection to the Treaty of Waitangi has been elected a Companion of the Royal Society Te Aparangi.
Dame Claudia Orange is one of six women recognised by the society for exceptional leadership and sustained contributions to science and the humanities in Aotearoa.
Te Aparangi president Wendy Larner says it’s coincidental members have elected all females in the year that New Zealand celebrates 125 years of women’s suffrage, but it’s a fitting opportunity to reflect on the important contributions women have made and continue to make.
She says Dame Claudia has dedicated herself to taking the Treaty to the people through scholarly publications, public addresses and exhibitions, and has been a key figure in the process by which the Treaty has become embedded in national discourse.
Most recently she led historical input into the refurbishment of the Treaty House at Waitangi and contributed to the National Library’s He Tohu exhibition and the treaty-related content on Manatū Taonga’s NZHistory website.
Dame Claudia has also been a major force in such collective endeavours as the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, including a commitment to Māori biographies, as well as their publication in te reo.
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