Wednesday February 6th 2013 is a public holiday in New Zealand, it is the day we celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document. It was signed, in1840, by Captain William Hobson, several English residents, and 45 Maori chiefs, at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Copies of the Treaty were then taken around the country resulting in 540 chiefly signatures. The day was officially commemorated for the first time in 1934, and became a public holiday in 1974
if you would like to know more about the history of the Treaty, and the social, legal, and political impact the Treaty has had on life in Aotearoa, there are several books and DVD’s in the library. Take a look at
or, on DVD try Andres, G. & Follas, C. (2012). Journeys : Ngā tapuae (DVD)
This series provides factual information on the Treaty of Waitangi, the law relating to the Treaty, and the settlement process, using both drama and documentary.
If you are planning on staying home on Wednesday then tune into Maori TV . There will be extensive coverage of Waitangi Day celebrations from around the country. Or, you can join in the celebrations around Christchurch.
There is a Waitangi Day Hangi at the Sandridge Hotel in Sydenham, and a special Waitangi Day Market at Riccarton House
There are traditionally Waitangi day celebrations at Okains Bay on the Bank Penninsula, featuring traditional Maori Waka
Whatever you do on February the 6th, enjoy the day, and celebrate the uniqueness that is Aotearoa New Zealand.