This TVNZ production screened at the end of 1989, just before the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. Filmed at Government House, presenter Ian Johnstone oversees passionate kōrero as a panel of youngsters, academics and Māori and Pākehā elders debate the place of New Zealand’s founding document. Don Selwyn and Angela D’Audney explore its history, and Sir Paul Reeves begins by musing on chief Te Kemara’s famous about-turn, when, after first opposing the Treaty, he turned to Hobson and said: “How d’ye do Mr Governor”.
The whole of this land, Aotearoa, belonged to the Māoris at the time, and also they had the majority population, and they were prepared to contract with the British Crown on sharing this land with British nationals.– Dame Mira Szaszy on why the Treaty is our founding document
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