Waitangi Day 2016

For what’s happening at Waitangi see 2016 Waitangi Day Celebrations.

There’s a lot of Waitangi Day related events around the country. You’ll have to check locally if you’re interested. There’s a few low key events planned for Dunedin.

NZ History has information on the past and present of Waitangi Day:

  1. Introduction

Waitangi Day is for whatever you want it to be. However you do it have a good one.

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6 Comments

  1. Oliver

     /  February 6, 2016

    I’m spending Waitangi day with John Key at the Auckland nines. I’ll still try and have a good time.

  2. Blazer

     /  February 6, 2016

    So Key likes League as well as rugby,racing and beer.What a wonderful typical kiwi he presents as!

    • Pantsdownbrown

       /  February 6, 2016

      Hopefully Andrew Little finds some time this weekend to read the TPPA document considering he admits to haven only read ‘around 500 pages’ of it……..

  3. jamie

     /  February 6, 2016

    Doesn’t look like we’ll get the rain I was expecting just yet, so hopefully I’ll spend the day in the garden doing some overdue repairs and maintenance. Have a good one, NZ.

  4. Tony

     /  February 6, 2016

    It is not well known that but for the Navy, there might not be a Waitangi Day ceremony. See the history here:

    http://navymuseum.co.nz/treaty-of-waitangi-and-the-navy/

    This passage is notable:
    “The Navy inaugurated a ceremony on 6th February 1947 that was not intended to commemorate the signing of the Treaty, but instead the service of New Zealand’s first Naval Governor. There was no Maori ceremonial and no government presence. In a simple ceremony, sailors raised the Union Flag before some 1,200 spectators. The Chief of Naval Staff made an address; this practice continued until 1959.”

    Ah that it was still ‘just’ a naval occasion …

    • @ Tony – “In 1947 the navy erected a new flagpole, and from that year commemorations incorporated a naval ceremony”.

      “In 1940 New Zealand marked the centennial of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The government made a great show of national pride and unity at Waitangi. Newspapers talked of Waitangi as the ‘cradle of the nation’ and the Treaty as the ‘foundation of nationhood’.

      Maori leaders saw the 1940 celebrations as a chance to challenge the nation’s record of race relations. Āpirana Ngata observed that not everyone had something to celebrate, and Waikato tribal leaders refused to go to Waitangi even though they had assisted in building the 30-metre canoe, Ngatokimatawhaorua, that was launched there”.

      It never was and never will be ‘just’ a naval occasion.