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Te Tiriti o Waitangi — Nine Lives

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One of many stories of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Visit He Tohu to see and hear more of these stories.


Transcript

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A black, white and grey sketched depiction of a cat bounding across grass in front of rudimentary-looking wooden houses and clothes lines.

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They say a cat has nine lives. The same could be said for the Treaty of Waitangi.


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Front paw raised, the cat looks up at the wooden front door of a house. Inside, a man lies on a bed, covered in a blanket.

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Queen Street, 1842, downtown Auckland.


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A pair of boots sit by the man’s bed, which is next to a set of shelves and a cast iron potbelly fire.

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Records clerk George Elliott lay sleeping in his cottage when suddenly he was awoken by screams and roars that splintered the break of dawn.


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Bearded George sits up in bed and pulls on his boots.

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Smoke curled under his door, snaking towards him.

Coughing and stumbling, eyes stinging from the smoke, he flung the door wide. What a sight. Fire raged through the town. Tongues of flame danced from house to house, devouring buildings whole.


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Red, yellow and orange flames engulf buildings and lick the gutters and roofs of houses further up the street, where people are hunched over on their knees.

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The Treaty!


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Eyes wide, George stands in the middle of the street, his hand held to his face.

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George covered his face in cloth and dashed into the burning office where the Treaty was kept, frantically searching for the document.


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Having kicked down the door, George shields his head, then rapidly pushes aside piles of handwritten pieces of paper to reveal a large scroll buried underneath.

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There! He swept the scrolls into his arms and sprinted for the door.


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George runs away from the burning two-storeyed building.

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With a great shudder, the building collapsed.

George fell back, gasping for air, but clasped safely in his arms was the Treaty.


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Having sunk to his knees, George lies on his back in the middle of the street. The cat observes him as it moves past.

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This is one of many stories of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Come and learn how it survived flames, rats and war to be with us today, at He Tohu.


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The turquoise, orange and purple painted logo of He Tohu. A declaration, a treaty, a petition. Hashtag He Tohu. National Library, Wellington. (No documents of national importance were harmed in the making of the animation.) The logo for the New Zealand Government.


Credits

Developed in partnership with the Department of Internal Affairs.

Creative concept - Ogilvy New Zealand

Animation - YukFoo

Voiceover - Kirk Torrance

Music - Al Fraser and Ariana Tikao

Any errors with the transcript, let us know and we'll fix them digital-services@dia.govt.nz