Broadcast on 5 February 1992, this programme looks back at past commemorations, with archived radio broadcasts from Waitangi Day 1990, the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty.
Hēnare Te Ua interviews fellow broadcasters Wayne Mowat and Wiremu Kerekere at Waitangi in 1990 about the carnival atmosphere at the Treaty Grounds and the protocol involved in the arrival of the many new waka taua carved for the 150th. Actuality of the chanting of the paddlers as they approach Te Tii beach.
A recording of the 1990 address by the Bishop of Aotearoa, the Rt. Rev Whakahuihui Vercoe is heard. The address includes his accusation that as a result of colonialism, Māori have been marginalised in New Zealand society and the Treaty has not been honoured.
This is followed by a speech by the Chairman of the New Zealand Māori Council, Sir Graham Latimer, a strong advocate of Waitangi Day ceremonies.
Also included is an excerpt from an archival interview with the late Sir James Hēnare about events associated with the building of the whare runanga on the Treaty House grounds. [This interview was recorded by Hēnare te Ua during the early 1980s.] He talks about his father Sir Tau Hēnare and Mr Reed deciding on planting the many trees on the Treaty grounds. He recalls the hui with Ngāpuhi at Waiomio with Sir Apirana Ngata to decide on whether a carved meeting house should be erected there.
He explains how Ngāti Hine cut the timber for the whare runanga and carted it by horse to season it at the marae at Motutau before it could be carved by Pine Taiapa and others and then barged to Waitangi. The plaque in the whare carries a line by Sir Apirana Ngata to state that it was built to represent the Māori people as a Treaty partner. He remembers Ngata composing the line.
The programme concludes with an archived recording of the Royal New Zealand Navy's 1991 sunset retreat ceremony at Waitangi, commentated by Hēnare Te Ua and Lieutenant Andrew Watts.