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When:

Sat 5 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 12 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 19 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 26 Jun 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm
Sat 3 Jul 2010, 10:00am–4:00pm

Where: Russell Museum, 2 York St, Russell, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission : $0.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Russell Museum

The cultural survival of Maori as individuals and groups is tied to their continuing ability to connect themselves to their ancestors and their lands. (Johnson 2003).

He Whakaputanga o te Rangatira o Nu Tireni (A Declaration of Independence, 28 October 1835), declared New Zealand an Independent Nation. Although He Whakaputanga was signed five years before Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi, 6 February 1840), Te Tiriti is seen as New Zealand’s ‘founding’ document. But it is a document with flaws.

An Unsettled History is a juncture in which contemporary artworks are juxtaposed with objects from Russell Museum’s collection to stimulate dialogue about issues soon to be presented at the judicial inquiry, Te Paparahi o te Raki (The Northland Inquiry, 10 May 2010). Adjudicated by the Waitangi Tribunal, Te Paparahi o te Raki will investigate how the failure of consecutive New Zealand governments to honour these two historic documents has impacted Maori sovereignty and control of resources, partnership in political decision making and the sustaining of Maori culture.

The title for this exhibition is taken from the book An Unsettled History: Treaty Claims in New Zealand Today (1999) by Alan Ward. Professor Alan Ward has been called as a Crown Witness for Te Paparahi o te Raki.

For information: curator@russellmuseum.org.nz