Story: Māori radio – reo irirangi

Whai Ngata

The sound file is a recording made by Ngāti Porou journalist Whai Ngata (right, pictured in front of his tipuna meeting house Porourangi in 1988) at Bastion Point when Joe Hawke, Ngāti Whātua and supporters were evicted from their ancestral lands by around 800 policemen in 1978. In later recollections of the event, Whai Ngata noted, 'We visited Takaparawha and it was only a leaked bit of information that we were ready when the 800 or so policemen marched into New Zealand history as probably the biggest bit of 'overkill' that I witnessed in 40 years in the media. ... It was a terrible sight, seeing our old people being marched or carried off their land.' Ngata worked in Māori broadcasting at Radio New Zealand and, later, Television New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Piripi Walker, 'Māori radio – reo irirangi - Broadcasting Māori music and speech, 1960s to 1980s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/42964/whai-ngata (accessed 24 April 2019)

Story by Piripi Walker, published 22 Oct 2014