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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