Many New Zealanders are fed up that Waitangi Day has been hijacked by the antics of a few.
A number of people have suggested that Waitangi day be left to those wanting to commemorate the treay and those who use it for protest, and that we have a day that all New Zealanders can proudly celebrate our country.
David Farrar has picked up on this at Kiwiblog.
What I do advocate is that we establish a separate New Zealand Day. This should be a day to unashamedly celebrate the wonderful country we all live in, our many achievements, ourselves. It should be the equivalent of US Independence Day, Australia Day or French Bastille Day – a day of fun and joy. There are 364 other days to focus on what divides us – but I want one day to focus on what unites us. And that day will never ever ever be Waitangi Day. It hasn’t been for the last 40 years, and it never will be.
So what day could we pick for a New Zealand Day? Possibilities are:
- Passing of NZ Constitution Act 30 June (1852)
- Dominion Day 26 September (1907)
- Balfour Declaration 15 November (1926)
- Day we adopted the Statute of Westminster 25 November (1947)
- Full constitutional independence 10 December (1947)
Any thoughts or suggestions?
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