The Treaty Debates

2007 – Fishing for answers

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.

  • Treaty Debate 1 (2007) ( 52′ 40″ )

    13:00 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.

  • Treaty Debate 2 (2007) ( 50′ 59″ )

    13:00 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.