Story: Māori and television – whakaata

Te reo Māori petition, 1972

In this 1972 news footage, a petition asking for te reo Māori (the Māori language) to be taught in schools is presented to Parliament. David Broughton (later Rawiri Paratene), co-ordinator of the Maori Students Federation, is shown discussing the importance of the language and the petition, while Hana Jackson of activist group Ngā Tamatoa presents the petition to MPs including Whetū Tirikātene-Sullivan and Matiu Rata. More than 30,000 signatures had been collected.

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Tainui Stephens, 'Māori and television – whakaata - Early years: 1960s and 1970s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 January 2022)

Story by Tainui Stephens, published 22 Oct 2014