Thursday, February 26, 2009

Where are the Waitangi Day photos?

Waitangi Day is New Zealand's annual celebration of the signing of the Waitangi Treaty in the Bay of Islands on 6 February 1840. The Treaty was signed after the declaration of independence by northern Maori Chiefs and British Crown Representatives in 1835. The signing of the Waitangi Treaty gave the British sovereignty while guaranteeing Maori land rights. The British ruled colony of New South Wales (Australia) initially controlled New Zealand from the early 1800's until 1840 when New Zealand became a separate entity. Many people consider the Treaty to be the foundation of modern New Zealand society. As a result, Waitangi Day has been a national holiday in New Zealand since 1974.

OK, so I am a long way behind. Here we are celebrating Waitangi Day...

Of course the night ended with the Haka.
A haka is a traditional dance form of the Māori of New Zealand . It is a posture dance with shouted accompaniment, performed by a group.

For more about Waitangi Day, click here.


Seraphim sigh said...

Thank you! It really hasn't happened unless it appears on your blog. BTW, doesn't Andrew look like he's having a good time...ha ha.

Cakes said...

very interesting! Looks like a great party!

Joy said...

Hey, great photos! Love the one of you from school days. Photos from Waitangi Day are great - my sister managed to get herself into one too! Hope you're doing well, and that things at work have settled down a little. Would love to catch up soon....maybe Easter hols??