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Waitangi Day

New Zealand’s national day and a public holiday, Waitangi Day marks the signing of a treaty between the British Crown and the Maori people, in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi still provides rules for governance, and support and protection for Maori, and is an important part of our constitutional framework. It was the first such document signed by an indigenous people gaining British citizenship. It is a time of debate, of protest, of discussion, and of togetherness, rather than overly patriotic celebrations (which are not our style). These facts make it a happy day for me. And my twin nieces were born on this day 20+ years ago. That makes me happy too.


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