Story: Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori

Re-enacting the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi

This televised re-enactment of the first signing of the treaty at Waitangi in 1840 shows the confusion and mixed motives among the Maori chiefs present. The prominent younger chief Hōne Heke was the first to place his signature on the treaty. Before any others could do so another man, Marupo, made an impassioned speech urging them not to sign away their mana. However, after a moment's hesitation, other chiefs also signed the treaty. The re-enactment is from the 2011 documentary What really happened – Waitangi.

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Mark Derby, 'Ngā take Māori – government policy and Māori - Māori affairs up to 1840', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 October 2021)

Story by Mark Derby, published 20 Jun 2012