Waitangi Day - Celebrating a Nation Together

February 6, 2011 marks 171 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.  In 1840 representatives of the British Crown met with over 500 Maori chiefs in Waitangi, Northland, to sign what is considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.

Waitangi Day has been a public holiday since 1934.  This year there are hundreds of ways to celebrate New Zealand’s cultural diversity.  Exceptional family and community oriented events are being held around the country including concerts, family entertainment, exhibitions, and educational activities. 

The theme of these events is one of unity; a coming together of peoples, communities and families to commemorate the official formation of a unified nation.

For more information check out NZHistory's coverage: www.nzhistory.net/politics/treaty/waitangi-day

Image attribution: Hawke's Bay's Official Waitangi Day Celebration.

Past events

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