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Waitangi Day - 6 February

Kat Marketplace Partner Feb 04, 2020

Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand to mark the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi (Treaty) in 1840.

The Treaty was signed by representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs and is often considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.

For many this is treated as just a paid-day off work (or increased pay if you have to work). If 6 February falls on the weekend the public holiday is "Mondayised" meaning the following Monday is the public holiday.

For others it is a time to reflect on the controversy surrounding the Treaty - from the signing process, the different understandings of what the agreement meant i.e. the English text vs the Maori text, to how the Treaty is applied today.  

Fun fact: The name has alternated between Waitangi Day and New Zealand Day a couple of times

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Thanks for sharing @Kat , I did not know about Waitangi Day. 

What are some ways that New Zealanders celebrate/commemorate?

Like BiancaE likes this
Kat Marketplace Partner Feb 06, 2020

I am in the "paid day off work" camp so there are no particular traditions for me.

It is not a patriotic celebrate-with-friends-and-family BBQ day like Australia Day or USA's Fourth of July, which is a shame. Hopefully this will change over time.

There should be a Taika Waititi day, IMHO ;)

Kat Marketplace Partner Feb 06, 2020

We are not limited to just Taika. NZ is the home for a lot of great directors (Jane Campion, Lee Tamahori, Peter Jackson to name a few).

Like Shawn Kessler likes this

I actually like Taika as an actor...

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