For the past nine years, Te Papa and the New Zealand Centre for Public Law have held an annual "Treaty debate" on some aspect of the Treaty of Waitangi. This year's one take place next week, and is on the subject of water:
This year’s Treaty Debate at Te Papa is a lively discussion of water rights in Aotearoa New Zealand. Who ‘owns’ the water? Māori or the Crown?
The panel features Jacinta Ruru (University of Otago, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Maniapoto), Donald Couch (Environment Canterbury), Clive Howard-Williams (NIWA), and Ian McKenzie (Federated Farmers).
The event is introduced by Te Papa’s Treaty of Waitangi scholar, Claudia Orange, and is chaired by Radio New Zealand’s Susie Ferguson.
When: 18:30 - 20:00, Thursday 30 January 2014
Where: Soundings Theatre, Te Papa, Wellington
How much: Free!
if you can't make it, you'll be able to listen online via Radio New Zealand. Past debates are available here.
(This BTW is a perfect example of Radio New Zealand's role as a public broadcaster. Can you imagine any commercial broadcaster giving time for this? No, neither can I)