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Waitangi 175th Anniversary Screening


Thu 5 Feb 2015, 1:00pm–3:20pm

Where: Auckland War Memorial Museum, Domain Dr, Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


2015 marks the 175th anniversary of the signing of te Tiriti o Waitangi. To commemorate this date Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision is delighted to be partnering with Auckland War Memorial Museum to screen a programme comprised of two short documentaries. The films, which both depict monumental waka voyages, look back at some of the momentous celebrations of Māori self-determination of the last century and reflect on the Treaty of Waitangi. "Rere Ki Uta Rere Ki Tai: The Voyage" (1988, 29mins) will screen alongside "Waka: The Awakening Dream" (1990, 50mins).

In December 1986 100 Māori and Pākehā men paddled Ngātokimatawhaorua, the historic waka taua, 70 kilometres from Waitangi to Whangaroa in celebration of the Whangaroa County Centennial. This arduous 10 hour non-stop journey is the subject of "Rere Ki Uta Rere Ki Tai: The Voyage" (1988).

The film, which was directed by Tainui Stephens, documents the men’s spiritual and physical journey, from their preparations through to their arrival in Whangaroa.

"Waka: The Awakening Dream" (1990), directed by Pita Turei, focuses on another commemorative convergence of waka taua. In the late 1930s Princess Te Puea Hērangi commissioned the building of a fleet of waka taua to commemorate the ancestral waka that brought Māori to Aotearoa. The waka were to be part of 1940 centennial of the Treaty of Waitangi, but this did not eventuate.

Fifty years later, on 6 February 1990 at Waitangi, her dream was realised. This Waitangi Day 1000 people paddled 22 waka on the water. Never had so many tribal waka gathered in one place at one time.

Pita Turei, director of "Waka: The Awakening Dream," will be present for a Q&A session following the screening.

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