Waitangi Day, 2015

By: Alexander Turnbull Library


Waitangi Day means many things to many people. For some, it is a time to reflect on our nation's founding document, where New Zealand has come from and where it is headed. For others, it might be a time to reflect upon Maori-Pakeha relations. This collection of images and links represents just one small reflection on Waitangi Day, first marked officially as late as 1932.


Healthy discussion is very important, and while it might be tempting to look on Waitangi Day as just another nice day off in the middle of summer, it is clearly an evolving day of significance to us all.

Te Ara has three strands to the story that deserve investigating:


Radio New Zealand National has a useful audio timeline:


For a closer look at the documents themselves, Archives New Zealand is well worth a visit, both virtually and in the flesh.


For children, Christchurch City Libraries have developed a Treaty Zone specific to their area, which is a great idea, as nine separate sheets were signed.


And Te Kete Ipurangi has developed a great resource for students.


Subjects: Waitangi, Waitangi Day, treaty, Treaty of Waitangi, Maori-Pakeha relations, New Zealand, Captain William Hobson, James Busby, Maori, flags, signing, representations, re-enactments, Waitangi175

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