The Signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi #2

3D design for the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi

During this lesson series we are looking at some of the events that led to the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi on the 6th of February 1840 at Waitangi.

In this lesson you will be creating a 3D design in TinkerCAD.

Reconstruction of the Signing of the Treaty of Waitangi”, Marcus King | Archives New Zealand (via Flickr)

There is one main learning intention that we will focus on:

1. I am learning how to follow steps to create, edit, save, open and share a 3D design in TinkerCAD.

Self assessment will be against the following criteria:

- I followed the steps set out in the tutorial.

- I created a 3D scene for the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi including the tent and some of the important flags.

Task 1 :

Watch part 3 of the video series “What Really Happened”.

Task 2:

Use TinkerCAD to create a 3D scene.

We are going to use TinkerCAD to create a 3D scene for the first signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

As you saw in the video, the British representatives and the Māori rangatira met in a tent to discuss the treaty signing. In and around this tent there were many flags on display. This is what we are going to recreate.

Two flags that are of great importance are the Union Jack and Te Kara as they represented the two parties British and Māori. The video showed many other flags on display you might like to find out what these were and use them as well.

Flag of the United Kingdom

The national flag of the United Kingdom is the Union Jack, also known as the Union Flag. This flag was flown at Waitangi to represent the Queen of England in the treaty partnership.

Te Kara NZ's first Flag

Also known as 'Te Kara' or 'The Flag of the United Tribes of New Zealand', Te Kara was the first New Zealand flag and is still one of our two official flags. The full name of the flag in te reo Māori is 'Te Kara o Te Whakaminenga o Ngā Hapū o Niu Tireni'. It has also been refereed to as the 'He Whakaputanga flag'.

New to Tinkercad?

If you haven’t used TinkerCAD, you will need to spend some time having a tutū to see how it works.

Start by visiting our TinkerCAD resource page and watching one of the introductory videos.

Check out these beginners tutorials TinkerCAD Basics 1 TinkerCAD Basics 2

Or go through the TinkerCAD starters page to go over basic TinkerCAD instructions.

Next, log into your tinkercad account at

When you are ready to start the task, watch our TinkerCAD tutorial and follow along to create your own 3D scene.

Good luck!

Te Tiriti Tinkercad Tutorial.mp4

Ka pai tō mahi!

Now you can complete the self assessment and you will have finished this lesson.

The Raranga Matihiko programme is funded by the Ministry of Education Digital Technologies for All Equity