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Waitangi Day

The 6th of February is Waitangi Day .  So this week when millions and millions of people are celebrating Chinese New Year all over the world - Happy Chinese New Year everybody - a few million people will be celebrating Waitangi Day, or at will least be happy to get a public holiday.

Waitangi Day is New Zealand's national day and it is celebrated on the 6th of Feb to commerate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.   (Waitangi is the place where the signing took place)  The Treaty of Waitangi was a treaty signed between Queen Victoria of Britain (not personally) and over 500 Maori chiefs.  It is important to note that this is an international treaty because 5 years prior many Maori Chiefs had signed a Declaration of Independence (not the one drafted by Thomas Jefferson) but one which basically declared New Zealand as an independent country.  This document was still being circulated and signed by Maori chiefs up until the Treaty was signed.

So to cut a long story short Waitangi Day celebrates the founding document of New Zealand as it allowed British to settle here and was supposed to protect the rights of Maori.  Of course, the Treaty hasn't protected the rights of Maori at all and there are usually protests at Waitangi every year.  Some photos:

 heavy police presence in 1983 (it's not only British Police officers who wear boobs on their heads )  protestors  Statue of Queen Victoria (in Wellington) holding the Tino Rangatiratanga Flag (represents Maori Sovereingty), hehe some of my more radical friends at varsity used to call her the Stoney Bitch  Not all Pakeha are opposed to Tino Rangatiratanga

 Tama Iti is a staunch Maori activist that scares the bejeezus out of many Tau-Iwi (Pakeha and other non-Maori).  He was arrested under new terrorism laws last year (along with other political activists).  It was disgusting and I was pleased to see the UN condemn our Government for the arrests. Transit NZ refuse to fly the Maori flag along side the NZ flag on Waitangi Day from the Auckland Harbour Bridge - personally I think this is racist.  Here is a pic of the NZ flag being flown beside the EU flag.  The Flags from many countries have flown from this bridge but the Govt won't allow Maori to fly their flag beside the NZ flag on a day that is supposed to represent a union between Maori and Pakeha.

I like Waitangi Day and don't think it should be renamed or moved to another date (as some clamour for), it is the founding document of the nation and hiding from the wrongs colonists committed does not address the issues Maori want re-dress for.  Hopefully my country can find meaningful solutions for all parties.

I will leave you with a clip from Raybon Kan (a kiwi comedian) on saying I love you, I'm not sure how cultural this clip is so  tell me if you don't think it is funny (I always giggle at 'thank you for having me' ) .   He does briefly mention the treaty at the end.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_HXiLQ-XrA

oh and one from Billy T James (NZs most loved comedian ever) thats not very politically correct : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_HXiLQ-XrA

sorry about not inserting the videos but I tried and for some reason it wouldn't work  

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Hapy Waitangi Day. Sounds a bit controversial. You mean it's a national holiday, you get a day off work, but the flag can't be flown... Kind of like Raybon Kan said in another clip I watched --- NZ has some national identity issues. He's a funny guy.
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Happy Waitangi Day.
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Happy national day to you Jaine and yeah millions people are celebrating the CNY,
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Thanks for sharing. (maybe the video embedding property is disabled)
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I had no idea they wanted to change the name or the date.
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G H
We could have really done the public holiday today in Adelaide... Happy Waitangi Day! I will be praying for your dad tomorrow! =)
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Cy
Happy Waitangi Day!.. =))
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I saw the Billy T James clip and decided to look at some more, I like his style, the one where he's aiming a rifle at Red Riding hood made me smile. Thanks for sharing the history of Waitangi Day. I love learning stuff!. It's awful that they do not fly the Maori flag on the bridge, it has every right to be there. I am not surprised it angers the like of Tama Iti. Queen Vic:----We called her some colourful names too! and it's good to know British Cops ain't the only ones who have to look like total prats in their helmets! Happy Waitangi Day Jaine for the 6th
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I agree if they can fly the NZ flag with the EU one then surely they can also include the Maori flag as well. But it all comes down to politics which is a shame. Happy Waitangi Day on the 6th.
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Happy Waitangi Day! I love learning about NZ culture and history from your blogs. I agree with you that they shouldn't rename or move the date. It is an important day in NZ history and the colonists wrong doings against the Maori should not be swept under the rug.
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Erm..*whispers* both links I clicked on were to the same vid, the one about the bait & switch sale of NZ. I found that hilarious, the way it began so casually, built up, then you could hear the applause when the truth was revealed at the end. Oh, just an island or two..that group there looks good...but..but..that's New Zealand hahah. Native people just aren't treated well anywhere, it seems. Native Americans here, Aborigines in Australia, the Maoris, the native peoples in Mexico & South america when the Spaniards came, the list goes on & on. The thinking was just different, nature, spiritual beliefs, everything, it was just different & when those of European or Western views came it was just overwhelming. Which doesn't explain why these injustices have to go on to this very day & why a treaty wasn't worth the paper it was written on as the guy in the video said. Humor is a great way to get political points across & the clapping at the end of the one I saw showed that. Sorry to go on & on here, and it's sure not just in NZ this happened, it was most places where those of European cultures came, saw & conquered in the world as far as I can tell. Maybe someday thanks to activists like Tama Iti & the people on both sides who believe as he does things will change. One person can make so much difference- Nelson Mandela of South Africa comes to mind, and in the US the late Martin Luther King. They're like lightning rods for change, very special people indeed who are willing to risk anything & everything they have. Rant over, sorry once again for the long post. And to finally answer your question, the humor transferred very well culturally to this crazy Irish American lady lol.
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Happy Waitangi Day!
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Ummm ~ Jaine ~ both links are identical ~ but nevertheless, good ^^
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