Over the last couple of days I’ve been getting calls from friends, colleagues and media organisations wanting to know what was happening at Waitangi this year.
Here’s what I’ve been telling them.
Depending on your point of view, Waitangi day is either a day of celebrations, a day of rage against the government or, for the majority on NZers, a day off work to enjoy a long summer weekend.
All of these aspects come together at Waitangi on Waitangi day.
The Navy provides a bit of pomp and ceremony backed up by the frigates firing their guns out in the bay. The Government provides some bouncy castles and other family friendly activities and entertainment across the bridge at the Treaty grounds.
Meanwhile at the “bottom” marae, the local elders and community welcome and feed the thousands ... Read more >