This clip tells the story of New Zealand's adoption of dominion status in 1907. It contains images and sound of Prime Minister Sir Joseph Ward reading the proclamation on 26 September that year and film of Dominion Day celebrations outside Parliament and at Newtown Park in Wellington, taken in 1907 or 1908.
New Zealand (Maori) Pioneer Battalion members perform a haka for Cabinet minister Sir Joseph Ward at Bois-de-Warnimont, 30 June 1918. The haka introduced Maori custom and practice into the New Zealand armed services, and the use of these customs and practices grew during the conflicts of the 20th century.
Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand
Further information and copies of this image may be obtained from the Library through its Timeframes website,