Waitangi Day 2021 for Thursday 6 February 2014
Ireland is an island nation of roughly four million, colonised by the British just like us. Do they embrace the same sports? Contest them with the same intensity? Agonise about defeat as deeply? And what does all that reveal about our respective national characters?
James Frankham is the editor of New Zealand Geographic, which is marking 25 years of publication with a series of major feature articles during 2014 on the big issues facing New Zealand's land and people.
February 6 is the birthday of the late great superstar of reggae, Bob Marley, making Waitangi Day the biggest day in the calendar for New Zealand reggae music. Every year the One Love festival draws some of the top bands and thousands of fans, and around the country many other reggae gigs are held on this day. We take a quick look at the connection between Waitangi Day and reggae that stretches from Bob Marley's Auckland concert in 1979 to The Pā Boys - a film about a reggae band touring NZ, which opens in cinemas today.
Paul Diamond (Ngati Haua, Te Rarawa, and Ngapuhi) is a writer, journalist, historian and broadcaster, who currently holds the position of curator, Maori, at the Turnbull Library. He has been looking at Maori depiction in cartoons as a window into race relations in New Zealand.
Riki Ellison (Taranaki, Ngai Tahu and Ngati Porou) left Christchurch as an eight-year-old to live in the US. He's the only New Zealander to be part of a winning Super Bowl team; he won three times with the San Francisco 49ers. Today he is the founder and chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance - a non-profit organisation advocating for hi-tech missile defence systems which he says will protect the national security of the US and its allies.
Maori Party co-leader Tariana Turia (Ngati Apa, Nga Rauru, Tuwharetoa, Whanganui) talks about whanau poverty and the nature of inequality faced by Maori, the thinking behind Whanau Ora - and how we will know if it succeeds, and what she hopes to achieve for Maori before she quits parliament at this year's general election.
Manuka Henare (Ngapuhi, Te Aupouri, Te Rarawa, Ngati Kuri) discusses the 1835 Ngapuhi-led Declaration of Independence (He Whakaputanga o te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni) - a declaration of sovereignty that underpins Ngapuhi's ongoing claim before the Waitangi Tribunal. Ngapuhi stand firm on the argument that the Treaty of Waitangi did not revoke the declaration, but confirmed it. Manuka Henare is an expert witness before the Waitangi Tribunal Hearing Wai 1040 Paparahi o te Raki (Ngapuhi-Northland Enquiry), and an Associate Professor of Maori Business Development at the University of Auckland Business School.