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Koha - Whina Cooper (part two) Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Documentary Māori

Koha - Whina Cooper (part two)

Television (Full Length Episode) – 1983 Documentary Māori

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Dame Whina Cooper was one of the most influential Māori leaders of the 20th century. She spent most of her life fighting for land rights; and, in this episode from a two-part TVNZ profile, she explains the importance of the land to her people. The former Panguru storekeeper first came to national attention in 1951 when she established the Māori Women’s Welfare League. At age 80, she was back in the spotlight leading the Māori land march; her fire and determination are very much in evidence in a heated address to then Prime Minister Robert Muldoon. 

Key Cast & Crew

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Selwyn Muru

Director, Reporter

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Michael Evans

Director

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Ernie Leonard

Producer

We don’t want our Māoris to be slaves.
– Dame Whina Cooper

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TVNZ

Acknowledgements

Archival footage from material preserved and made available by The New Zealand Film Archive Ngā Kaitiaki O Ngā Taonga Whitiāhua.