A highlight of Waitangi Day this year for me was the growing swell of people fighting for the rights of Aotearoa and speaking out against the oil giants now trying to make themselves at home in our waters.

Discussions about community-based solutions to climate change went well into the night.

It was day four of the hikoi that had started in New Zealand’s northern-most town, Cape Reinga, and came to a powerful climax in Waitangi, the very spot where the treaty with Britain was signed on the the 6th of February 175 years previously.

The concept of the Treaty of Waitangi or Te Tiriti o Waitangi has always been a highly contentious part of New Zealand’s history.

But thanks to its significance, the annual commemoration of Waitangi Day has often acted as a stage for individuals and community gr... Read more >