Dame Whina Cooper

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Dame Whina Cooper, MBE CBE DBE MONZ

Te Rārawa

Dame Whina Cooper was the charismatic leader whose cry “not one more acre of Māori land” inspired the 1975 hīkoi from Te Hāpua in the far north to Parliament in Wellington. 

Aged 80 at the time, Whina Cooper is perhaps best known for 'the Land March' and the new era of protest and reform it ushered in. It was not, however, her only achievement – among others she was the foundation President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in 1951. When she stepped down in 1957 the conference bestowed the title Te Whaea o te Motu; as the public face of the League she had become one of the best-known Māori women in the country.

This excerpt from Whina, Te Whaea o te Motu – Mother of the Nation by documentary maker Bryan Bruce looks back to the beginnings of the Land March.

Find out more about Dame Whina Cooper:

Read more about the Land March, 40 years on 'Not One More Acre'. 

Read more about Dame Whina Cooper in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography and on NZHistory.net

Listen to a selection of radio interviews and broadcasts by Dame Whina Cooper. 

Image: Screengrab Whina, Te Whaea o te Motu – Mother of the Nation, courtesy Bryan Bruce.

Catalogue Reference F22302

Year 1992


Director/Producer: Bryan Bruce

Excerpt: 0:03:47

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