Treaty Times Thirty: It’s Real

 

Somehow, while I was working on the translations into Spanish of the Treaty of Waitangi a year ago, I didn’t realise it would eventually become a book. I mean, I knew that was the purpose of it, but I didn’t envisage the final result.

Today I received the book in the mail and I have no words to express how absolutely perfect it is. The design is excellent. I mean, who came up with the idea of writing the originals in the flaps so that people reading the translations would be able to compare them to the source at a glance? That’s genius!

Congratulations to the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, I am so proud to have participated in this project and delighted to be a part of this beautiful community.

The Treaty Times Thirty: Translating the Treaty of Waitangi

Waikato-Manukau Sheet, The Treaty of Waitangi
Photo: Archives New Zealand

The New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters (NZSTI) is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a huge project that I was lucky to participate in: The Treaty Times Thirty, which involves the translation into 30 different languages of two versions of the Treaty of Waitangi, namely, the English original and the official modern English translation of the Māori version.

I know, it sounds a little convoluted, but a little background on the project will surely help clarify the situation.