Navigation for Waitangi Day 2020

Today's Waitangi Day special programme is hosted by Mihingarangi Forbes, who is at Waitangi, together with Colin Peacock in the Wellington studio. They speak to politicians, musicians, historians and commentators from 8:00am to midday.


08:10am Jacinda Ardern, Prime Minister

Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi 2019

Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi 2019 Photo: RNZ/Jo Moir

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has acknowledged at Waitangi that there is still a lot of work to do to bridge the gap between Māori and Pakeha. During her speech at the Upper Marae powhiri she spoke about high Māori incarceration rates and child poverty. She is positive however that enough is being done by her government to change that. Jacinda Ardern speaks to Mihingarangi Forbes about her promises and what progress she believes has been made.

08:25am Look back at Waitangi 2018

Colin Peacock looks back at Waitangi 2018 and how the media covered a pregnant, younger female, Prime Minister speaking on the porch of the Treaty Grounds Upper. The PM herself acknowledged the event, her leadership and government were enjoying a honeymoon phase.

Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi 2018

Jacinda Ardern at Waitangi 2018 Photo: RNZ

08:30am Simon Bridges, National Party Leader

This year National Party leader Simon Bridges has been at  Waitangi for events leading up to February 6th.  He took part in the powhiri for Parliamentarians  for at the Upper Marae on February 5th before heading back to his Tauranga electorate to spend Waitangi Day there. While speaking during the Powhiri he spoke about dignity and peace for Waitangi in the future.  Mihingarangi Forbes speaks to him about his speak and decision to be at  Waitangi in the lead up to the day.

Simon Bridges speaks at Waitangi

Simon Bridges speaks at Waitangi Photo: RNZ/ Dan Cook

08:35am Winston Peters, Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First Leader

Winston Peters and Mihingarangi Forbes

Winston Peters and Mihingarangi Forbes Photo: RNZ/Sioban Wilson

Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, has been coming to Waitangi for the sixty years. The past two years have been the first time he's boycotted the lower Te Tii Marae. This year at Waitangi his party also oversaw the laying of a foundation stone for a Maori soldiers museum on the Treaty Grounds. The museum is part of the coalition agreement between New Zealand First and Labour. He speaks to Mihi about the museum and what's been happening at the lower Marae.

08:45am Peeni Henare, Labour's Maori Caucus

Peeni Henare, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, Minister for Whānau Ora, and Youth.

Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Labour MP Peeni Henare, who is Ngāpuhi has played a significant role at this year's official commemorations at Te Whare Rūnanga. The MP for Tāmaki Makaurau has family links to both Northland and politics. He talks about his position outside cabinet in charge of the Whanau Ora portfolio.

09:05am Matthew Wright, author of Waitangi: a Living Treaty

Matthew Wright

Matthew Wright Photo: supplied

Waitangi: A Living Treaty book cover

Waitangi: A Living Treaty book cover Photo: supplied

Acclaimed historian Matthew Wright explores the evolution of New Zealand’s most historically significant document, the Treaty of Waitangi, from its origins to its place in the present day. His book Waitangi: a Living Treaty goes from the early cultural collisions between Māori and Pakeha that led to this landmark agreement, to the many reinterpretations that have followed. He's researched in-depth the concept that the Treaty is a living document and that its meaning and purpose has evolved with society making it just as relevant today as it ever was in history.  Matthew Wright speaks to Mihingarangi Forbes about the mysteries of the original Treaty's translation and why there appears to be two versions of it.

9:25am Tracy Neal, update on the Nelson fires

Nelson reporter Tracy Neal has the latest on the fires in the Nelson and Tasman districts. A civil defence emergency has been declared. The fires are still burning out of control after a number of homes have been lost. Hundreds of people have either been ordered to leave their properties or self evacuated. Fire fighters from outside of the region have been brought in to assist local emergency services.

Nelson fire this morning.

Nelson fire this morning. Photo: Paul McIntyre

09:30am Andrew Little, Treaty Negotiations Minister

Labour MP Andrew Little, Minister of Treaty Negotiations speaks to Iwi in the Gallery during an iwi bill debate

Labour MP Andrew Little, Minister of Treaty Negotiations speaks to Iwi in the Gallery during an iwi bill debate Photo: VNP / Phil Smith

Treaty Negotiations Minister Andrew Little has his work cut out for him during his time at Waitangi this year. He's met  with representatives of Ngāpuhi and its hapū to find an alternative to Tuhoronuku. Ngāti Hine hapū have told the Treaty Negotiations Minister they want to formally split from the mandate initiated nearly ten years ago. Andrew Little is live at the RNZ tent with Mihingarangi Forbes to talk about the complexities of settling with the largest iwi in the country,

09:45am Denise Garland, misuse of Māori imagery in the beer industry

Denise Garland

Denise Garland Photo: supplied

Denise Garland is a former RNZ reporter and producer, and is a beer writer. For the past year, she has been investigating the misuse of Māori words and images in relation to beer by international businesses. She's currently based in Scotland where she keeps an eagle eye on brewers misappropriating Māori culture to promote their drinks. Denise also explains there is usually a spike in offending material turning up around Waitangi Day as pubs and events around the world pop up to mention the occasion or promote New Zealand beers. This year there have been at least two cases in Australia which have come to her attention. One of them, Freddie Wimpoles in St Kilda has withdrawn their ad.

10:05am Mike Tana, mayor of Porirua

Mike Tana, Porirua CC Mayor.

Mike Tana, Porirua CC Mayor. Photo: RNZ / Michael Cropp

All over the country today events are being held to mark 179 years since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. You can find out what's happening near you here. In Porirua, for the second year running, a hugely popular festival is being held on the city's waterfront. Mayor Mike Tana is on the programme to talk about why their Waitangi Day celebrations are such a hit as well as explain what's on today's agenda. An official Powhiri will be held at 11:00am to kick the festivities off.

10:15am Annabelle Lee, Nevak Rogers and Ebony Duff, Māori broadcasting review panel

L to R Annabelle Lee, Mihingarangi Forbes, Ebony Duff and Nevak Rogers

L to R Annabelle Lee, Mihingarangi Forbes, Ebony Duff and Nevak Rogers Photo: RNZ/Melita Tull

A major review of Māori broadcasting was announced by Māori Development minister Nanaia Mahuta late last year. The first reports are due to be back before her by the beginning of next month. So far there's no sign of who's going to be undertaking the review or what's on the table. The minister indicated when the review was announced it was in order to make sure the sector was fit for purpose and future proof. To discuss what's on the line and what is hoped to be achieved through the review Mihingarangi speaks to a panel of talented broadcasters on the issue. Ebony Duff, general manager Te Whakaruruhau, Annabelle Lee, The Hui producer among many other projects and Nevak Rogers, Maori and Pacific commissioner TVNZ share their thoughts.

10: 35am Paul Diamond, author of Savaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand

Paul Diamond with Lousia Wall MP and Ella Diamond.

Paul Diamond with Lousia Wall MP and Ella Diamond. Photo: National Library

Paul Diamond's book Savaged to Suit: Māori and Cartooning in New Zealand is study of how Māori have been portrayed in cartoons throughout New Zealand history. The earliest cartoons depicted Māori as fearsome savages, a stark contrast to how they are now drawn in corporate style suits. Paul's book concentrates on the period from the 1930s to the 1990s, but also looks back to the first cartoons showing Māori and includes 21st century images. He also looks at the work and approaches taken by the small number of Māori cartoonists. The book features 250 cartoons – the first ever collection that captures the attitudes and feelings of each period and underlines the importance of editorial cartoons as valuable historical sources.

11:05am Michael Dowrick leader of Royal New Zealand Navy Band

The relationship between the Navy and Waitangi goes back to the signing of the Treaty. Every year, regardless of who else turns up, the Royal New Zealand Navy is in the Bay of Islands playing a significant part of official commemorative ceremonies. The Navy Band will again be performing throughout events at Waitangi, including stopping off at the RNZ tent before heading to the Treaty Ground Flagpole to play into the lead up to a 21 gun salute. Band leader, Michael Dowrick will also have a chat about the close ties between the Navy and the Treaty.

 2018 - Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands 4-5 February 2018.  Beat the Retreat and Sunset Ceremony at the Treaty grounds at Waitangi.  Reviewed by Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy.

2018 - Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Bay of Islands 4-5 February 2018. Beat the Retreat and Sunset Ceremony at the Treaty grounds at Waitangi. Reviewed by Her Excellency the Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy. Photo: Copyright NZ Defence Force – Some Rights Reserved.

11:15am Rewi Spraggon, Hāngi master & The Maori Kitchen creator

Today on Waitangi Day Hāngi Master Rewi Spraggon shares a recipe for kai to mark the day. He also talks about bringing Hāngi to Auckland's waterfront with his latest venture, The Maori Kitchen. The restaurant will be laying at least two Hāngi per day and using the contents to incorporate into more modern food such as pies and sausages. Rewi's recipe for Toroi can be found here. Today if you'd like to try his food he's at Hoani Waititi Marae with his food truck.

Hāngi master Rewi Spraggon in action

Hāngi master Rewi Spraggon in action Photo: supplied

11:20am Greg McManus, CEO Waitangi Treaty Grounds Trust

This is the second year in a row that official Waitangi Day ceremonies have been exclusively held in the Treaty Grounds and the upper Marae. The decision was made to move all official business away from the lower Te Tii Marae as resistance grew from dignitaries about attending due to a number of incidents. Greg McManus is the Chief Executive of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds Trust, he joins the programme to talk about this year's efforts.

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11:30am Common Unity, 10 Piece Roots Reggae Band from Ohakune

Photo: Supplied

For many New Zealanders the sixth of February is a significant date for another reason, its also the birthday of reggae superstar, Bob Marley. It's been 40 years since he visited our shores, now his sons have both been here playing at festivals throughout the summer this year. Playing alongside both Ky-Mani and Julian Marley has been Common Unity - a roots and reggae band from Ohakune. They join Colin Peacock to play their Marley tribute songs and talk about their latest single out "So Bob Says".

11:50am RNZ Waitangi reporters and producers give their take on Waitangi 2019