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New Zealand Day at Waitangi Television – 1974 Documentary

New Zealand Day at Waitangi

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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.

Key Cast & Crew

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Bill Kerekere

Producer

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Ian Richards

Producer

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Norman Kirk

Subject

Imaginative pageantry or tasteless vulgarity?
– NZ Herald review of the Aotearoa pageant