In 2004 issues of kāwanatanga dominated New Zealand's political discourse. The Labour-led government passed legislation declaring that the country's foreshore and seabed were Crown-owned. Many, especially Māori, believed this legislation breached fundamental rights guaranteed under the Treaty of Waitangi. This television news clip shows the first stage of a protest march from Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga) to Parliament in Wellington, and includes comments from political figures on both sides of the issue.
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