Happy Waitangi Day everyone! Whether you’re a Maori, a New Zealander living in the UK or you simply appreciate all things Kiwi, we’ve got everything you need to know about this famous national day…
Celebrated each year on the 6th February, Waitangi Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty saw indigenous Maori people guaranteed rights to their ancient land, with the country itself becoming part of the British Empire forming modern New Zealand.
Ka ora! Ka ora!
This national holiday is celebrated by both Maori and European descendants throughout the country with lots of food, live music, entertainment and of course a haka or two! Re-enactments of the signing of the treaty are performed to educate younger generations, whilst some residents choose to simply soak up the summer sun on one of New Zealand’s many gorgeous beaches!
Celebrations aren’t limited to the beautiful shores of New Zealand though; the New Zealand Society hosts a charity ball each year with a themed menu featuring New Zealand wine, whilst other expats living in the UK choose to celebrate Waitangi Day in London with a pub crawl of 27 pubs on the Circle Line, finishing with a haka in Parliament Square!
Wish your loved ones a happy Waitangi Day
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