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The 2007 Treaty Debates provide some varied perspectives on present issues through a tight focus on Maori and the fisheries, and a wide-ranging conversation about the future of the Treaty from personal and constitutional points of view.
Chaired by historian Dr Claudia Orange and law professor Richard Boast.
Maori and the fisheries
The Hon. Doug Kidd explores the political and negotiating background to the development of the Sealord Fisheries deal, and Peter Douglas, the head of Te Ohu Kaimoana (The Maori Fisheries Trust), takes the story through to the present day.
The Hon. Doug Kidd explores the background to the development of the Sealord Fisheries deal, and Peter Douglas, the head of Te Ohu KaimoanA, takes the story through to the present day. (52′40″)
Where the Treaty stands at present, and what its likely future will be
Justice Eddie Durie, a key figure in the history of the Waitangi Tribunal, explores the way in which the Treaty's meaning has changed since, as a schoolboy, he saw the Maori Battalion returning home to the Manawatu.
Political columnist Colin James provocatively describes the Treaty as a fiction in a broad-ranging address which teases out a number of themes to do with identity and rights, looking ahead to a day in which New Zealand becomes a republic. (50′59″)
Since 2005, Radio New Zealand has broadcast a series of annual public debates on the place of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand society and history. Under the direction of Dr Claudia Orange at Te Papa Tongarewa, The Museum of New Zealand, these Treaty Debates analyse a wide range of issues looking back into our history and forwards into the future. Featuring expert participants with an extensive knowledge of their subject-matter, the discussions provide a unique insight into how our nation is continuing redefine itself.
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