A modern Maori language term which is taken to mean 'people of the treaty' and refers to all non Maori citizens of New Zealand . The term first started appearing in academia in the latter half of the 20th century although it is unclear as to who first coined it. The term gained some broader exposure when it was presented to mainstream new Zealand in 2006 in a human rights commission document published by Auckland Workers Educational Association, Tangata Tiriti - Treaty People (2006).
- "People of the Treaty", or New Zealanders of non-Maori origin.
- Originally, Europeans who have a right to live New Zealand under the Treaty of Waitangi but now including peoples of other ethnic origins who live in New Zealand.