Justice Durie

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A 52 minute documentary about Eddie Durie, New Zealand’s first Maori high court judge. This documentary produced with funding from Te Mangai Paho, for Maori Television, looks at what the Treaty of Waitangi means to New Zealand.

Justice Edward Taihakurei Durie is the first self declared Maori Judge to sit on the High Court bench of New Zealand. This documentary looks at what makes this exceptional Maori/New Zealander the way he is. Justice Durie is shown historic footage, such as that of the 1975 Māori land march led by Dame Whina Cooper, and comments on the influential factors of his life, as well as the surrounding historical and political factors that lead to the articulation of a truth in New Zealand’s history, that would not go away. This being that the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi still stand today as they did when Maori first signed the Treaty of Waitangi.

Justice Durie’s work has made a permanent change to the law and policies of Maori land rights in New Zealand.

 

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