[Māori Programme - Te Rōpu Matakite]
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Whai Ngata presents a programme of recordings made outside Parliament in Wellington, when Te Rōpu Matakite land march arrived after a march of more than 600 miles from Te Hāpua in the far North.
Headed by Mrs. Whina Cooper the march arrived to present to the government with a "memorial of rights", asking the state to pursue new and effective ways of preserving the mana and tūrangawaewae of the Māori people.
Speakers include Rt. Hon. Robert Muldoon, Leader of the Opposition, who welcomes the marchers and outlines his party's policy on Māori land.
Minister of Māori Affairs Hon. Matiu Rata speaks, welcoming the marchers.
Mrs. Whina Cooper speaks in te reo Māori, addressing Mr Muldoon and Mr Rowling. (Whai Ngata notes she refused to speak in English on this occasion.)
An unidentified male member of Te Rōpu Matakite reads from the 'memorial of right' and the petition signed by 60,000 people.
Prime Minister Rt. Hon. Bill Rowling speaks to the marchers, telling them their march is not in vain.
[The end of the programme then repeats from the previous speaker.]
Reference number 45733
Media type AUDIO
Collection Sound Collection
Ngata, Whai, Producer
Muldoon, R. D. (Robert David), 1921-1992, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Rata, Matiu, 1934-1997, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Cooper, Whina, 1895-1994, Speaker/Kaikōrero
Rowling, W. E. (Wallace Edward), 1927-1995 (b.1927, d.1995), Speaker/Kaikōrero
Date 15 Oct 1975