Story: Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements

Silent rangatahi at Waitara

Silent rangatahi at Waitara

These rangatahi (young people) sit in silent protest at the fiscal-envelope hui at Waitara in 1995. They are opposing government plans to limit the amount available for settlement of historical claims to the Waitangi Tribunal to $1 billion, an initiative dubbed the fiscal envelope. The action echoed a protest at the Waitangi centennial celebrations in 1940, where protesters against land grievances wore red blankets.

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Reference: Wira Gardiner, Return to sender: what really happened at the fiscal envelope hui. Auckland: Reed, 1996

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Basil Keane, 'Ngā rōpū tautohetohe – Māori protest movements - Government proposals', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/35957/silent-rangatahi-at-waitara (accessed 8 May 2021)

Story by Basil Keane, published 20 Jun 2012