Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day

New Zealand's National Day of Treaty

Waitangi Day is the New Zealand national day of treaty, this day is celebrated each year on the 6th of February all over the world.

New Zealand’s national day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, in the Bay of Islands, on February 6, 1840.

Waitangi Day is meant to celebrate the signing of the treaty between the Maori people and the British Empire, since 1840 it has been a challenge for the Maori people to actually bring the treaty into action. This is based on the fact that the British Empire, the New Zealand Government and white settlers in New Zealand have attempted to deny the treaty to the Maori people.

Under the terms of the Waitangi Treaty, the Maori people agreed to accept British sovereignty. They in turn were granted citizenship and land rights.
The treaty, however, has never been officially ratified by the New Zealand Parliament (although it did pass a Treaty of Waitangi Act in 1975 which sought to honor the terms of the agreement) and has been a source of dissension and discord, particularly in relation to land rights.

It is an historic document nonetheless in seeking to clarify the rights of the Maori people and the European settlers and it lit the way to New Zealand nationhood, which Waitangi Day celebrates.