Think of it kind of like the US "Independence Day" - except we are still part of the commonwealth, and our land wars occurred AFTER the signing of this document. (I don't get it either, even though History was one of my best subjects at school).
On the 6th of February 1840, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs signed The Treaty of Waitangi. This is our founding document.
Because of this, since 1974 we have had a public holiday on Waitangi Day.
Waitangi Day holds different significance to different people. To some, it's a day of cultural celebrations, and a chance to collectively grieve over some of the wrongs the Government (through the Crown) has committed. To others, it's a chance to catch up on sleep, or head away for one last summer jaunt.
For me, it's a chance to be thankful that I live in the best country in the world.
|(And here is a cheeky meme to support that, please take it in the humour it was intended! As you know, if you've been following for a while, I would LOVE to live in America!!)|