Each translation of the Treaty and Te Tiriti was reviewed by a suitable expert who was a native speaker of the language that the texts were translated into.
All of the reviewers are listed in the Treaty Times Thirty book. Reviewers who chose to be included on the website are also listed below.
Rob Zaagman (for Dutch)
Rob Zaagman is the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to New Zealand and five Pacific island states. He has been a career diplomat for almost 30 years with postings in New York, London and Munich, and various positions in the Netherlands. Before joining the Dutch foreign service, he taught international law at Utrecht University, also his alma mater, and served as a professional army officer.
He very much enjoys living in New Zealand with his wife Monique, despite the distance to Europe where their two grown-up children are living. The beauty of Aotearoa stimulated Rob to buy a fairly serious camera and take up recreational photography.
Yasmin Sungkar (for Indonesian)
Yasmin Sungkar is a retired researcher with the Indonesian Institute of Sciences. She received her PhD in Political Economy from Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia. She is past editor of the Journal of Indonesian Social Sciences and Humanities, and recipient of a research fellowship at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University. She and her husband, David, lived briefly in Wellington. They now reside in Ontario, Canada.
Dr Roman A. Matasov (for Russian)
Roman A. Matasov, PhD, majored in linguistics and cross-cultural communication at Lomonosov Moscow State University. He is a professional translator and interpreter (Russian, English, French and Italian) based in Moscow, Russia, and has worked in this capacity with many prominent people: U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Nobel laureate James Watson, British actor and filmmaker Ralph Fiennes, just to name a few. He is also one of the coordinators of the student exchange programme between Lomonosov Moscow State University and the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Roman is into history, music and art. His fascination with New Zealand, its rich culture and history dates from his childhood. He has taken part in a number of important projects aimed at strengthening Russia’s cultural ties with New Zealand, e.g. the exhibition ‘Aotearoa – the Land of the Long White Cloud: Celebrating the 70th Anniversary of Russia-New Zealand Diplomatic Relations’ (Moscow, 2014) and the exhibition ‘Dangerous Skies’ at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (Blenheim, 2016).
Alberto R.F. Zelda (for Spanish)
Alberto R.F. Zelaya, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on January 14, 1947. He did his primary and secundary studies at the Colegio Santa Isabel, San Isidro and graduated as a lawyer from Universidad Católica Argentina in 1970. He practiced law and joined the Department Legal Aid in the Bar of the Judicial Department of San Martín, then he was appointed Director. In 1981 he joined the Foreign Service of the Argentine Republic and served as a diplomat in the following destinations Algiers (1983-1988), Bogota (1990-1994), Medellin, Consul General (1994-95), Wellington, Deputy Chief of Mission (1998 -2006). At the end of his destination in New Zealand he retired and settled in Bogota, Colombia. There he completed a Master in Creative Writing at the National University of Colombia. He obtained the following distinctions: Second Prize Clarin of Buenos Aires with “The Daneri Reivindication ” (2008), finalist in Juan Rulfo Contest, organized by Radio France International, Le Monde Diplomatique and Cervantes Institute of Paris with “Captain Lubomudrov and his Russians that were not Russians “(2009), won the second prize with the story” Camus, the Algerian” in the Nelly Arrieta de Blaquier Contest. He also won the First prize at the Latin Letters Arts and Letters, Auckland with his short story “The vigorous flapping of dragonflies” In 2014 the Argenta Editorial of Buenos Aires published his story book “A slightly different Universe” Right now is writing a novel “The Last Siege of Santafé de Bogotá” about the inexorability of war.