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What Really Happened - Waitangi Television (Full Length) – 2011 Drama Māori

What Really Happened - Waitangi

Television (Full Length) – 2011 Drama Māori

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This docudrama follows an imaginary news reporter who travels back in time to cover the days leading up to the Treaty of Waitangi’s 6 February 1840 signing. The production drops the usual solemnity surrounding Aotearoa’s founding document, using humour and asides to camera to evoke the chaos and motives behind its signing. Written by Gavin Strawhan, with input from novelist Witi Ihimaera, What Really Happened screened on TVNZ for Waitangi Day 2011. Peter Burger won Best Director - Drama/Comedy at the 2011 Aotearoa TV Awards; Waitangi was nominated for Best Drama.

I thought it was important to use humour as a way of making an exploration of this event accessible and enjoyable.
– Writer Gavin Strawhan