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A large gathering of Māori and European participants and public spectators at Waitangi in 1940. Temporary stage with awning, decorated with Union Jacks. Re-enactment of the original signing of the Treaty by chiefs and dignitaries. Lots of period dressed ‘settlers’ etc.

Followed by powhiri for Governor General Viscount and Lady Galway (kapa haka, waiata, taiaha performance) in front of the whare rūnanga.

Performers briefly joined by Sir Apirana Ngata (see still photo reference: Apirana Ngata leading a haka at the 1940 centennial celebrations, Waitangi. 1940 Reference number: MNZ-2746-1/2-F ).

Viscount Galway speaks in front of meeting house. This is most likely the official opening of the whare rūnanga.

( notes: speaking at the official ceremony at Waitangi, Governor-General Lord Galway advised Māori to 'look to the sun and the shadows will fall behind you, by way of acknowledging the need to move forward together').

[Also seeF100631 and F87505 and for footage of same event.]

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Year 1940

Reference number F100452

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Amateur

Duration 0:15:00

Taonga Māori Collection Yes

Credits Photography: Hugh Cowan Gilmour
Photography: Henry Robert Gilmour

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