Waitangi Day 2020…

Thursday February 6th 2020 is a public holiday in New Zealand…it is the day we celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

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The meeting house at Waitangi

The Treaty was signed in 1840 by representatives of the Crown and 45 Maori chiefs at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. Copies of the Treaty were then taken around the country and signed by various chiefs and sub chiefs.

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The actual Treaty of Waitangi

Waitangi 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 many resources available in the library & online. Here are a few examples:

WishartbookWishart, Ian. (2012) The Great divide: the story of New Zealand & its treaty

Claudia Orange    Orange, C. (1989). The story of a Treaty

Vincent O'Malley   O’Malley, V. (2010). The Treaty of Waitangi companion

The Treaty of Waitangi/Te Tiriti O Waitangi, from the Waitangi Tribunal website

If you are planning on staying home on Thursday then tune into Maori TV . There will be extensive coverage of Waitangi Day celebrations from around the country.

Whatever you do on February the 6th, enjoy the day, and celebrate the uniqueness that is Aotearoa New Zealand.

 

Waitangi Day 2019: all campuses are closed

Wednesday February 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.

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Arrival of traditional war canoes at the Waitangi Treaty grounds

All Ara campuses are closed on Waitangi Day, we will reopen at 7am on the 7th February 2019. From all of us in the Library have an excellent day off and we look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Waitangi day – all Ara campuses will be closed

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.

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/treaty/waitangi-day

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Te Whare Rūnanga at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, Waitangi, New Zealand.  Photo by Graham Cairns https://www.flickr.com/photos/graham-and-shirley/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waitangi Day Aotearoa

Waitangi Day Festival 16 - Hongi

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  

  Claudia Orange    Orange, C. (1989). The story of a Treaty

Vincent O'Malley   O’Malley, V. (2010). The Treaty of Waitangi companion

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.