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  1. The first of five excerpts: features the arrival of the Queen, Prince Charles, Norman Kirk, and a Māori welcome.

  2. The second of five excerpts - featuring Māori dance and songs, and Howard Morrison and Lew Pryme.

  3. The third of five excerpts - features Oma Rapiti performed by Howard Morrison, a children's chorus; and a giant moa.

  4. The fourth of five excerpts - features the Age of Aquarius and the National Anthem.

  5. The fifth of five excerpts - features Norman Kirk's iconic New Zealand Day speech.

  6. The credits for this documentary.


In 1973 Prime Minister Norman Kirk announced that the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi would be a unifying national holiday called New Zealand Day. The inaugural 1974 day featured a royal entourage, was watched by 20,000 people and screened live for TV. Excerpts include the Aotearoa pageant (from giant moa to the Age of Aquarius, including kapa haka, settler cabaret, and Howard Morrison as Kupe), and Kirk’s iconic — and more enduring — speech. New Zealand Day was abolished by the next (National) Government who renamed it Waitangi Day.

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 Ian Richards
 Bill Kerekere
 Peter Nock

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 Alister McFarlane

Alister McFarlane

Ian was a school teacher before joining NZBC around 1964-5 He lived on the Nth shore of Auckland and was a councillor in a local Council, possibly Northcote. TV was largely live in those days, Ian later became station manager in the Hamilton studios of NZBC and then took the same position in Christchurch when the little Hamilton studio was closed during the SPTV days. He was the local producer / manager for the telethon in both places.



Excellent program. Can you tell me about producer Ian Richards

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Imaginative pageantry or tasteless vulgarity? 
We were the lucky country [...]. We commemorate on New Zealand Day not an act of violence but an act of trust and a pledge of co-operation. This is part of our nation’s inheritance and we should never forget it. 
Have we yet achieved a true New Zealand civilisation? Not yet ... 
From the other side of the world came people wearing different clothes.