‘Waitangi Bill’ Ellis

‘Waitangi Bill’ Ellis was born at Kohukohu and was educated at St Patrick’s School, and Auckland and Panmure Catholic Convent. He has worked as a watersider, community worker and was at one time an Electorate Secretary to Matiu Rata.


  • "The Māori Embassy." Te Hikoi Ki Waitangi, 1985. [Waitangi Action Committee, 198?]: 44-49.
  • Waitangi Bill presents a fascinating day-by-day account of the journey of the 1985 hikoi to Waitangi which began at Takaparawha on January 30.
  • "Waitangi Bill." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 3 (1987): 13.
  • A very detailed anecdotal account of the Black Power Labour Weekend Convention of 1987.
  • "Remedy, Not Repudiate the Treaty." 1840-1990: A Long White Cloud? Ed. Tom Newnham. Auckland, N.Z.: Citizens’ Association for Racial Equality and Graphic Publications, 1989. 76-82.
  • This essay begins with a descriptive account of Ellis’s childhood and marriage. In looking at the future of New Zealand, Ellis asserts that the Treaty of Waitangi needs to be remedied rather than repudiated, and he contends that the necessary components to "ensure peaceful co-existence" lie in the restoration of the Māori language, the education of Māori children, the halting of immigration, the adressing Treaty violations, the return of land illegally taken and the remedying of social injustices.
  • Other

  • "Let Your Pen be as Powerful as the Patu." "Letters to the Editor." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 7 (1988): 2.
  • Waitangi Bill writes a letter of commendation to the Editor of Te Iwi of Aotearoa and gives advice on how the paper should proceed.
  • Poetry

  • "Some Carping COTQUEAN Complains my Conversation [first line]" Te Iwi o Aotearoa 3 (1987): 3.
  • A poem in which Waitangi Bill using elongated and complicated vocabulary replies to a critic of his speech on Radio Pacific.
  • "When." Te Iwi o Aotearoa 3 (1987): 8.
  • Waitangi Bill writes a grace or exhortation to those waiting to eat a meal.