Treaty of Waitangi
Made by the Overseas Programme Exchange Service, this programme presents scholarly views of the Treaty of Waitangi. These interviews were prompted by statements made in 1968 by Mr W.B. Kawiti, chief of Ngati Hine and a direct descendant of Kawiti - the first to sign the Treaty document - that the haste with which the Māori Affairs Amendment Bill had been enacted made a mockery of the Treaty. He pleaded with his tribe and all Māori people to boycott the celebrations.
In response, interviews were recorded with the following speakers: Reverend Kingi Ihaka, Māori Missioner, Auckland Dr. Doug Sinclair - Medical Practitioner, Hamilton and President of University Māori Graduates Association Graham Butterworth, Historian, expert on Māori politics and editor of the Kaunihera Māori magazine An unidentified young Māori lawyer based in Wellington Koro Kapunga Dewes - lecturer in Māori language in the Anthropology Department at Victoria University of Wellington Bill Parker, Lecturer in Māori Studies in the University Extension Studies Department at Victoria University of Wellington.
The programme is narrated by Selwyn Muru.
(Sound Archives MPT 187)