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In 1907, a milestone occurred in the development of the New Zealand national identity. The declaration of Dominion status meant that New Zealand was no longer a colony, but a dominion within the British Empire.
One hundred years later on 26 September 2007, an industrial-strength lineup of historical, legal and constitutional experts met to explore what Dominion status meant at the time, and what it means to us now.
This RNZ series provides a major four-part exploration of themes relating to who we are, and how we have begun to redefine our independence as a sovereign country, and how we might develop in the future.
Recorded in the Great Hall at Parliament in Wellington.
9 Mar 2008
Political journalist Colin James sets out some provocative statements on New Zealand's transition from a settler society, and Dr Charles Royal, Mauriora-ki-te-Ao, speculates on Māori identity in the… Read more Audio
2 Mar 2008
Māori approaches to nationhood are analysed by Prof Ngatata Love from Victoria University of Wellington, and Prof Giselle Byrnes takes a dissenting view of the debate about nationhood as she seeks to… Read more Audio
25 Feb 2008
Emeritus Prof. David McIntyre from the University of Canterbury traces how New Zealand came to be called a dominion and Dr Andrew Ladley from Victoria University of Wellington looks at how the Statute… Read more Audio
18 Feb 2008
Prof. James Belich, from the University of Auckland, places the national history of New Zealand in a globalised context, exploring the way in which we have belonged to the world throughout our… Read more Audio