Story: Treaty of Waitangi

Centenary of the treaty signing, 1940

The centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi was the occasion for colourful celebrations in many parts of the country. This photo shows the regatta at Waitangi itself, with Auckland mayor Ernest Davis's yacht Moerewa and a traditional war canoe with more than 100 paddlers. However, prominent Māori leaders such as Waikato leader Te Puea Hērangi and Korokī, the Māori king, boycotted these celebrations because grievances over land confiscated in the 1860s had not been resolved.

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Hocken Library, University of Otago
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How to cite this page:

Claudia Orange, 'Treaty of Waitangi - Implementing the treaty – 1900 to 1940', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/speech/36373/centenary-of-the-treaty-signing-1940 (accessed 21 February 2020)

Story by Claudia Orange, published 20 Jun 2012