Whina Cooper, born Hohepine (Josephine) Te Wake December 1895 - 26 March aka 'Te Whaea o te Motu' (Mother of the Nation). An enduring image, Whina on the 1975 Land March.
The climax came when Whina led around marchers into Parliament grounds on 13 October. She presented a memorial of rights from 200 Maori elders and a petition supporting the objectives of the march signed by people to the prime minister, Bill Rowling
Whina Cooper addressing Maori Land March at Hamilton. By Christian Heinegg Courtesy of Alexander Turnbull Library Ref:
Koha - Whina Cooper (part two) - Dame Whina Cooper was one of the most influential Māori leaders of the 20th century. She spent most of her life fighting for land rights; and, in this episode from a two-part TVNZ profile, she explains the importance of the land to her people. The former Panguru storekeeper first came to national attention in 1951 when she established the Māori Women’s Welfare League. At age 80, she was back in the spotlight leading the Māori land march; her fire and…