9 May 2006

Māori and New Zealand Politics

From the collecton Treaty of Waitangi

When it was released in 1961, the Hunn Report commissioned by the Labour Government and released by the National Government was described as an important document, bringing together a great deal of information from widely scattered sources, including some which was not readily available elsewhere. Although it was, strictly speaking, a review of the Māori Affairs Department, the report (named after the department head JK Hunn) made more far-reaching recommendations on social reforms affecting Māori. One consequence was that Māori were encouraged to move from rural areas into towns and cities. Bruce Biggs from the University College of Auckland gives his assessment of the Hunn report.

(Sound Archives MPT 1766)