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Hi All and KIA ORA.

Today is Waitangi Day : Waitangi Day (named after Waitangi, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed) commemorates a significant day in the history of New Zealand. It is a public holiday[1] held each year on 6 February to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, on that date in 1840.
History: The Treaty of Waitangi was signed on 6 February 1840, in a marquee in the grounds of James Busby’s house (now known as the Treaty house) at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The Treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British subjects. There are differences between the English version and the Māori translation of the Treaty, and since 1840 this has led to debate over exactly what was agreed to at Waitangi. Māori have generally seen the Treaty as a sacred pact, while for many years Pākehā (the Māori word for New Zealanders of predominantly European ancestry) ignored it. By the early twentieth century, however, some Pākehā were beginning to see the Treaty as their nation’s founding document and a symbol of British humanitarianism. Unlike Māori, Pākehā have generally not seen the Treaty as a document with binding power over the country and its inhabitants. In 1877 Chief Justice James Prendergast declared it to be a ‘legal nullity’, a position it held until the Treaty of Waitangi Act 1975, when it regained significant legal standing.

So I wish to express my wishes for a wonderful day to all our Kiwi cousins from over the ditch, do have a lovely day. I am Aussie through and through but if I did have to live in another country New Zealand would be my first choice. Who could not love a country that has NO snakes and is sooo breath takingly beautiful.

HAERE RA

:-) cherz


Posted by cherz, 6th February 2015


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  • Happy Waitangi Day to all..

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  • Yes, best wishes. To all New Zealanders.

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  • Miss NZ so much on days like today :( but am so thankful to be able to live here


    • Do hope you had a lovely day PAKEKO and you managed to talk to friends over the ditch, be it phone, Skype, or whatever hoping is was memorable. :-)

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  • A comprehensive share CHERZ and I enjoyed reading your story. It is obvious by your story that you have a love of New Zealand and No snakes is a bonus too! ;)

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  • :-) Traditional Maori Waitangi Day celebrations at Waitangi, Bay of Islands.
    Official name Waitangi Day
    Observed by New Zealanders
    Type National, Nationalist
    Significance The day which the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840
    Observances Family meetings, hui, parades, citizenship ceremonies, Order of New Zealand honours.
    Date 6 February
    Next time 6 February 2015
    Frequency annual

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