Dame Whina Cooper: A NZ iconic photo of Dame Whina and her mokopuna. Write a recount of the dialogue between the pair as they walked together returning to Dame Whina's house in the Far North.

Dame Whina Cooper: Te kuia i hikoi mai te Nōta ki te Tonga

Dame Whina Cooper and her moko.... her name is synonymous with the Maori Land March of 1975. At 80 years of age Dame Whina led her march from Te Hapua in the Far North to parliament in Wellington to dramatise Maori determination to retain their land and culture and to galvanise Maori and Pakeha support.

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.

Whina Cooper

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

1975 MĀORI LAND MARCH: In 1975, about 5,000 marchers, led by Whina Cooper, arrived at Parliament and presented a petition signed by 60,000 people to Prime Minister Bill Rowling. The primary aim of the hīkoi (march) was to call for an end to the alienation (sale) of Māori land. Here is a poem by Hone Tuwhare, New Zealand’s most distinguished Maori poet writing in English, about this historic event.

Poem written by Hone Tuwhare on the eve of the 1975 Maori Land March. -- from "Te Matakite o Aotearoa - The Maori Land March" directed by Geoff Steven.

Whina Cooper...my hero and a boss.

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…

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…

Dame Whina Cooper Speaking at the Lower Marae, Waitangi, 1985

Dame Whina Cooper Speaking at the Lower Marae, Waitangi, 1985

Dame Whina Cooper

Women, look after yourselves

Dame Whina Cooper

Dame Whinia Cooper

Dame Whinia Cooper

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