In the penultimate episode of his show about the Treaty of Waitangi, Mike King heads to the Kapiti Coast to gather stories from descendants of renowned Māori leaders who signed the Henry Williams treaty sheet. Famed for first translating the treaty into Māori and encouraging many northern signatures, Reverend Williams was one of the treaty's biggest advocates. King follows Williams' journey as he seeks the prized signature of chief Te Rauparaha. King also meets descendants of two female chiefs; they talk spell casting, rangatiratanga (chieftainship) and the last recorded act of cannibalism on Kapiti Island.
Because of his skill as a fighter, Pākehā called him the Māori Napoleon ... he was in favour of the treaty, believing that it would guarantee him possession of all the land that he'd gained by conquest over the previous 18 years.– Mike King on Ngāti Toa leader Te Rauparaha
Made with funding from NZ On Air
Theme song 'Ancestors' written by Moana Maniapoto, & performed by Moana and the Tribe
Features songs performed by Moana and the Tribe