Waitangi Day in New Zealand ― Date, History, and Details

Waitangi Day in New Zealand

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History of Waitangi Day in New Zealand and How to Celebrate/ Observe It

Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand that commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi on 6 February 1840. The treaty was a document that granted British sovereignty over New Zealand while also guaranteeing Māori rights and interests.

Since 1974, the holiday has been celebrated annually at the Treaty grounds in Waitangi, Northland. There is a large festival with music, food and cultural performances. The Prime Minister often delivers a speech and there is a flag-raising ceremony.

The day is an opportunity to reflect on New Zealand’s history and to celebrate its cultural diversity. It is also a time to think about how the treaty principles of partnership, protection and participation can be applied in our lives today.