Tuesday Feburary 6th is Waitangi day. This significant day marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which occurred in 1840 between over 500 Maori chiefs and representatives of the British crown. Waitangi day has been a public holiday since 1974, and it has been recognised by some as New Zealand’s national day. All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi day, and will reopen on Wednesday 7th Feburary.
To learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi, this site is useful.
Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand. Photo by Graham Cairns https://www.flickr.com/photos/graham-and-shirley/