Story: Waitangi Tribunal – Te Rōpū Whakamana

Eddie Durie and Paul Temm

Eddie Durie and Paul Temm

In 1986 the Waitangi Tribunal heard a landmark claim concerning the status and state of te reo Māori (the Māori language). This 1985 photo shows two members of the tribunal, its chairperson Eddie Durie (left) and Paul Temm QC, with students of the kōhanga reo at Waiwhetū in Hutt Valley. The tribunal's decision on the te reo claim resulted in changes to the education system and legislation recognising Māori as an official language of New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1985/2942/15-F
Photograph by John Nicholson

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Mark Derby, 'Waitangi Tribunal – Te Rōpū Whakamana - Developing the tribunal, 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 June 2024)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012