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Te Matakite o Aotearoa


Tue 2 Feb 2016, 6:00pm–7:00pm

Where: Palmerston North Central Library, 4 The Square, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

In the lead up to Waitangi Day 2016, view this special screening of Te Matakite o Aotearoa, Geoff Steven’s powerful observational documentary of the 1975 Land March. Presented as a partnership between the Palmerston North City Libraries and Nga Taonga Sound and Vision.
“Whatungarongaro he tangata, toi tū te whenua.”
(Man comes and goes, the land is permanent)

The Māori Land march began on Sunday 13th September 1975 from Kapo Wairua and from Te Hapua Marae, New Zealand's northern-most marae. It ended at Parliament Buildings in Wellington one month later. The march protested the continuing alienation of land and explains the spiritual significance of land to Māori.

Throughout this powerful observational documentary we hear as marchers and supporters give reasons for their involvement. Behind the scenes we witness the organisation of the march; its spiritual significance and the physical hardships; the pōwhiri on to each marae visited; and the arrival at Parliament and the presentation of the Memorial of Rights petition.
Featured in the documentary are many prominent Māori leaders including: Whina Cooper, Eva Rickard, Tama Poata and Joe Hawke.

Entry by gold coin donation
Ground Floor, Central Library

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