The Attorney-General's Ngata Lecture is about the Treaty settlements and his involvement, earlier as counsel for Ngai Tahu where he loved suing the Crown - and now as the Minister in charge of Treaty Negotiations where he hopes he doesn't get sued and can conclude the process by the stupendously optimistic target of 2014. Unfortunately - for some unknown reason - this You Tube clip cannot be embedded and the features are disabled. Simon Bridges' banal and utterly inconsequential existence as a backbench local MP (see Tubemeke in sidebar) however is fully enabled. Bizarre.
Finlayson's brief portrait of the Treaty process is illuminating for more than just his thoughts on the Iwi-Crown relationships. I laughed at the bit (in image) where he likens the process to Queen songs. That's just, like, so totally gay :) He does it completely straight as well. Loving it! I now have images of NZ's top legal officer strutting around his Beehive office using the ornamental flagpole as a microphone, Freddy Mercury-style, dictating his ministerial correspondence:
"It's a kind of Maori... One dream, one goal, one settlement at a time... a settlement that will last a thousand years... and we'll soon be, we'll soon be done..."
[UPDATE-- 1:49PM: Well it's hard to criticise the Nat's on being unresponsive to the public... on this issue. They've just enabled the embed:Thanks. --UPDATE ENDS]