Waitangi Day, 2015

A DigitalNZ Story 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. http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/treaty/making-the-treaty/signing-the-treaty http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/politics/treaty/waitangi-day/the-first-waitangi-day 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: http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/te-tiriti-the-treaty Radio New Zealand National has a useful audio timeline: http://www.radionz.co.nz/collections/treatyofwaitangi For a closer look at the documents themselves, Archives New Zealand is well worth a visit, both virtually and in the flesh. http://archives.govt.nz/exhibitions/treaty http://archives.govt.nz/visit/contact 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. http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/Kids/Treaty-Zone And Te Kete Ipurangi has developed a great resource for students. http://nzcurriculum.tki.org.nz/Curriculum-resources/National-events-and-the-NZC/Waitangi-Day

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Image: Where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed
Where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Peter Heperi with ancestor
Peter Heperi with ancestor

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Image: Waitangi Day, 1996
Waitangi Day, 1996

Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa