“Whatungarongaro he tangata, toi tu te whenua.” (Man comes and goes, the land is permanent).
He pakipumeka mo te hikoi mai Kapo Wairua Muriwhenua tae atu ki Te Whanganu-a-Tara. Ko te upoko mo tēnei hikoi ko Dame Whina Cooper. Ka timata tēnei hikoi hei te ra tekau ma toru o Mahuru 1975.
The Maori Land march began on Sunday 13th September 1975 from Kapo Wairua (Spirits Bay in the far north) and from Te Hapua Marae, New Zealand’s northern most marae. It ended at Parliament Buildings in Wellington. The march protested the continuing alienation of land and explains the spiritual significance of land to Maori .
Marchers and supporters give reasons for their involvement; shows the organisation of the march; its spiritual significance and the physical hardships; the powhiri on to each marae visited.
Features Eva Rickard, Tama Poata, and Joe Hawke. Glimpses of Diggeress Te Kanawa and Rangimarie Hetet.
Address by Dame Whina Cooper. Presentation of the Memorial of Rights petition to Parliament.
Director: Geoff Steven
Photography: Leon Narbey
Camera Assistant: Gil Scrine
Sound: Philip Dadson
Editing: Geoff Steven, Philip Dadson, Gil Scrine