Our “Talk Treaty” exercise has comprised video recordings wherein a cross section of New Zealanders have been kind enough to speak candidly about their experiences with the treaty and their perspectives on issues related to it. Our interviewees confirmed almost unanimously just how valued the country’s“founding document” is – by both Maori and Pakeha. That’s of course not to say all is sweetness and light, there are treaty issues still to work through. But virtually to a person they all expressed pride in the relationship between Maoridom and other New Zealanders, often citing as “awful” the situation in other countries where indigenous peoples find their culture, tradition and institutions have all but been obliterated by the occupying process.
See this video that summarises responses