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Waitangi Day 2020 for Monday 6 February 2017

News and interviews from Waitangi; Dr Hirini Kaa - Why Cringe at Waitangi?; Media panel on coverage of Waitangi events; Heather Te Au-Skipworth discusses Iron Maori; Roimata Smail, Gilbert Taurua and Aaron Smale on the Corrections Claim; Paora Ammunson at home in the Wairarapa; Andrew Judd fighting prejudice; music with Ollie Wards and Hinewehi Mohi



7:10 Interviews and coverage of events at Waitangi

8:11 Hirini Kaa

Dr Hirini Kaa

Dr Hirini Kaa Photo: supplied

Dr Hirini Kaa (Ngāti Pōrou, Ngāti Kahungūnū, Rongowhakaata) is lecturer in History and Religious Studies at Auckland University. He disputes the 'cringe factor' associated with Waitangi day and says now we have carved out an opportunity each Waitangi Day to reflect on who we are as a nation - and as a process it hasn't always been pretty, but it has been profound.







8:25 Media panel

Leonie Hayden

Leonie Hayden Photo: Supplied

Mihingarangi and Colin are joined by the editor of Mana magazine, Leonie Hayden, (Ngāti Whātua o Kaipara te iwi, Ngāti Rango te hapū), long-serving television executive and producer, Keith Slater and RNZ Te Manu Korihi Editor Shannon Haunui-Thompson (Ngāpuhi) to discuss how the mainstream media presents - and misrepresents - Waitangi Day.


8:52 Heather Te Au-Skipworth

Heather Te Au Skipworth received the Queen's Medal for her services to athletics and Maori.

Heather Te Au Skipworth received the Queen's Medal for her services to athletics and Maori. Photo: SUPPLIED

Heather Te Au-Skipworth (Ngāti Kahu, Ngāti Kahungūnū, Te Arawa) was inspired to start Iron Māori in 2009 after completing an Iron Man competition. Now whānau around the country train to compete in Iron Māori events, where the emphasis is on participation and encouraging one another to go the distance.


9:07 Roimata Smail and Gilbert Taurua

Gilbert Taurua

Gilbert Taurua Photo: Supplied

Roimata Smail

Roimata Smail Photo: Supplied

Roimata Smail (Ngāti Maniapoto, Tainui, Ngāti Kōtimana me Ngāti Ingārangi) is a director of law firm Braithwaite & Smail. She is representing former probation officer Tom Hemopo in his claim to the Waitangi Tribunal alleging Crown failures to reduce the number of Maori in prison and high reoffending rates. Gilbert Taurua (Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Kawa/Te Ati Haunui ā Pāpārangi, Ngāti Pāmoana) works for the NZ Drug Foundation, promoting better drug laws for Māori. The foundation is supporting Tom Hemopo's action, known as the Corrections Claim.



9:40 Aaron Smale

Radio New Zealand Te Manu Korihi journalist Aaron Smale (Ngāti Porou) covered the Waitangi Tribunal hearing into the Corrections Claim and late last year revealed the extent of the historic abuse of Māori boys in state welfare homes. Aaron draws links between these homes, gangs, drugs, imprisonment, and reoffending.



10:07 Paora Ammunson

Paora Ammunson

Paora Ammunson Photo: Supplied

In November last year, more than 7,000 school children in Wairarapa took part in a record-breaking haka, 'Ko Wairarapa', written 30 years ago by Paora Ammunson (Te Arawa, Rangitāne and Ngāti Kahungūnū) when he returned to his tūrangawaewae. Paora is a South Wairarapa District Councillor, he helped set up Wairarapa's first PHO, chairs the Wairarapa Rugby Union, and is involved in community sport and development.




10:35 Andrew Judd

New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd.

New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Andrew Judd is the former mayor of New Plymouth who describes himself as a 'recovering racist' after experiencing a severe backlash to his proposals for Maori rights on the district council. He was spat at and abused in the street over his failed attempt to introduce a Māori ward in New Plymouth - but the experience made him examine his own attitudes towards Māori, and spurred him on to fight prejudice.


11:05 Ollie Wards

Ollie Wards is a Kiwi who works in Australia as a content director at Triple J - the cutting edge music station at the ABC which every year counts down the 'Hottest 100' songs on Australia Day, January 26. This year Ollie found himself in the middle of a heated debate amid calls for the countdown to be shifted to a new date, away from what indigenous Australians refer to as Invasion Day - a day of mourning, rather than celebration.

Ollie Wards, Triple J's content director.

Ollie Wards, Triple J's content director. Photo: Supplied


11:30 Hinewehi Mohi

Hinewehi Mohi (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngai Tuhoe) sparked controversy when she sung just the Māori version of 'God Defend New Zealand' at a World Cup rugby match in 1999. Hinewehi writes waiata and sings only in Māori and is a strong supporter of Māori musicians and the industry in Aotearoa. Following the birth of her daughter with cerebral palsy, she established the Raukatauri Music Therapy Centre.

Māori songbird Hinewehi Mohi.

Māori songbird Hinewehi Mohi. Photo:


Music played on this show:

Artist: Bob Marley & The Wailers
Song: Go Jimmy Go
Composer: J Clanton
Album: Studio One Jump Up: The Birth of a Sound: Jump-Up Jamacian R&B, Jazz and Early Ska
Label: Souljazz
Played at: 8:50

Artist: Moana and the Tribe
Song: Treaty
Composer: Maniapoto
Album: Tangata
Label: Tangata
Played at: 10:30

Artist: Golden Harvest
Song: I Need Your Love
Composer: Gavin Kau Kau
Album: Golden Harvest
Label: Key
Played at: 10:55

Artist: Hirini Melbourne
Song: Waitangi Te Tiriti
Composer: Hirini Melbourne
Album: He Waiata me Te Kator (Songs for Everyone)
Label: Ministry of Education
Played at: 11:40

Artist: Maisey Rika
Song: Inoi Mō Mātou
Composer: Rika
Album: Tira
Label: Te Mangai Paho
Played at: 11:50