4 February – Mason Durie & Colin James 

Leading Treaty of Waitangi scholar Dr Claudia Orange chaired an exciting and thought-provoking debate on the Treaty of Waitangi and the State.

Professor Mason Durie considers the Treaty of Waitangi, how future relationships might evolve, and possible options for the country to move forward. Journalist and political commentator Colin James will respond.

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About the speakers

Mason Durie, of Ngāti Kauwhata, Ngāti Raukawa, and Rangitane, is Professor of Māori Research and Development at Massey University in Palmerston North. As a psychiatrist, Professor Durie has focused much of his research on Māori health, but his interests range over all the issues facing Māori in the 20th and 21st centuries, including constitutional change. He is widely published on health and Māori issues, his most recent book being Nga Tai Matatu: tides of Endurance (2005). Professor Durie is a Companion of the Order of New Zealand.

Colin Jamesis an Associate of the Institute of Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington. A political journalist for more than 30 years, he is the author of six books, writes weekly columns in the Dominion Post and other Fairfax newspapers, and the Otago Daily Times, and a monthly column in Management magazine. He has correctly forecast which political party would be (or would lead) the Government in 13 of the past 14 elections.  

Colin also analyses and forecasts the policy environment in which businesses and other organisations must operate. He runs a forecasting service, the Hugo Group (www.TheHugoGroup.com), which has 100 medium and large corporate members at CEO level.

This year’s Treaty Debates will be video recorded and available on Te Papa’s website. Latecomers will not be admitted as Radio New Zealand National will be recording the debates.