Calls for Recognition of He Whakaputanga

Oct. 29, 2021, 10:11 a.m.

A dawn flag raising ceremony in Kaitaia hailed in the 186th commemoration of the signing of He Whakaputanga o Te Rangatiratanga o Nu Tireni - The Declaration of Independence.

Among the controversial protests that took place at Waitangi, strong advocates of He Whakaputanga continued to acknowledge the countries first founding document in their hometowns, calling for recognition of it in Aotearoa.

The articles within He Whakaputanga speak of rangatiratanga, mana mana motuhake and kaitiakitanga which were recognised by the British monarchy. However, Te Tiriti o Waitangi, which was signed later, shifted focus off of the declaration.

Advocates for He Whakaputanga are calling for focus to be returned to the declaration and for it to be acknowledged widely and for it to be taught in schools.

For the full story, watch the clip above.

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