3 Feb 2016

Sir Āpirana Ngata's speech at the Treaty Centennial celebrations

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 1:33 pm on 3 February 2016
Crowd watching Apirana Turapa Ngata leading the haka at the centennial celebrations at Waitangi in 1940.

Crowd watching Apirana Turapa Ngata leading the haka at the centennial celebrations at Waitangi in 1940. Photo: National Library of New Zealand/ Ref: MNZ-2746-1/2-F

It's Waitangi Day this Saturday and this week, Sarah Johnston from Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, is going to play us a recording from the 1940 celebrations which marked the centenary of the signing of the Treaty.

Ngā Taonga kōrero

In this archival recording from 1940, Sir Āpirana Ngata was at the opening of the Whare Runanga meeting house which is next to the Treaty House at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

The opening coincided with the centenary celebrations of the signing of the Treaty. In his speech, Ngata talks about the relationship between Māori and Pākehā.