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New Zealand (Aotearoa) marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934 and it has been a public holiday since 1974.

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Waitangi is a small town and historical landmark where Māori Chiefs and the British Crown signed the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi) , the founding document of New Zealand (Aotearoa). The name means weeping waters in the Māori language.

Every year on February 6, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi with observations throughout the country and in Waitangi itself.

The day was first officially commemorated in 1934 and has been a public holiday since 1974.

Treaty of Waitangi
In 1840 Māori chieftains entered into a compact with Britain, the Treaty of Waitangi, in which they ceded sovereignty to Queen Victoria while retaining territorial rights. This treaty is considered New Zealand’s founding document and established British law in New Zealand, while at the same time guaranteeing Māori authority over their land and culture.

Treaty Grounds
The Treaty Grounds are part of the 506 hectare (1,000 acre) Waitangi National Trust estate.
TransportationWaitangi is located north of Auckland. Driving time approximately 3 hours.

FYI – The Waitangi Treaty Grounds overlook the Bay of Islands.

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  • What would locals like visitors to know about Waitangi?

2019 Headlines
Waitangi Day 2019 Gallery – Dawn Service
Waitangi Day is more than a public holiday, it’s a way of life – Stuff NZ

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Elsewhere on the Web
Treaty of Waitangi – NZHistory
Waitangi Day 2018 – Twitter

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