The centenary of the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi – the Treaty of Waitangi was the occasion for colourful celebrations in many parts of the country. This photo shows the regatta at Waitangi, with Auckland mayor Ernest Davis’s yacht Moerewa and a waka taua with more than 100 paddlers. The speaker on this recording is probably Bill Parry, the Minister of Internal Affairs, who was in charge of the centennial celebrations.
Some prominent Māori leaders, such as Waikato leader Te Puea Hērangi and Kīngi Korokī, the Māori king, boycotted these celebrations because grievances over land confiscated in the 1860s had not been resolved.
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Hocken Library, University of Otago
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Sound file from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero. Any re-use of this audio is a breach of copyright. To request a copy of the recording, contact Sound Archives Nga Taonga Korero (Waitangi Celebrations 1940/D4129a sa-d-04129-s01-pm)
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