Sunday March 1

Sunday March 1 at 8.30 PM

Mike King hits the road to find out about the Treaty of Waitangi, who signed and who didn’t, and to talk to descendants who shed new light on events in 1840. Tonight: It’s called the Manukau-Kawhia Sheet, because it was the version of the Treaty signed in these places, but there is a question mark over where the signings occurred.  King tries to get to the bottom of this and explores the possibilities.  From the old mission station at Orua Bay, King takes a water taxi to the place Ngati Whatua believe it took place.  This episode looks closely at a prominent Catholic bishop of the time – Pompallier – an influential man some say may have discouraged some chiefs from signing.

King also goes to Kawhia to meet local historian, Frank Thorne, a descendant of signatory, Te Matenga.

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