Treaty Debates Series 2007 – Fishing for answers 

Peter Douglas
Peter Douglas

First held in 2005 and continued in 2006 they have become a notable contribution to the national debate over the Treaty of Waitangi. Recorded at Te Papa and with the support of Radio New Zealand broadcast to tens of thousands of New Zealanders they have highlighted that the Treaty is just as topical today as it was in 1840 and the need to discuss its present meaning just as relevant.

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'Fishing for Answers – Māori and the Fisheries' – 1 February

The Hon. Doug Kidd explores the political and negotiating background to the development of the Sealord Fisheries deal, and Peter Douglas, the head of Te Ohu Kaimoana (The Maori Fisheries Trust), takes the story through to the present day.

The Hon. Doug Kidd explores the background to the development of the Sealord Fisheries deal, and Peter Douglas, the head of Te Ohu KaimoanA, takes the story through to the present day.

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The Big Picture – Where is the Treaty? – 8 February

Justice Eddie Durie, a key figure in the history of the Waitangi Tribunal, explores the way in which the Treaty’s meaning has changed since, as a schoolboy, he saw the Maori Battalion returning home to the Manawatu.

Political columnist Colin James provocatively describes the Treaty as a fiction in a broad-ranging address which teases out a number of themes to do with identity and rights, looking ahead to a day in which New Zealand becomes a republic.

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