Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand which occurs ever year on 6th February. It commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, on that date in the year 1840.
Waitangi day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974.
New Zealanders of all ethnic backgrounds and creeds gather to commemorate the day.
Official celebrations are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, Northland, but there are also many other events throughout the country.
For some people, Waitangi Day is a holiday; for many, and especially for Māori, it is the occasion for reflecting on the Treaty, as on this day in 1840 over 500 Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown signed New Zealand’s founding document.
However in the recent years, a family festival of sport and culture during the days prior has sets the tone for the festival.