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Waitangi Day

New Zealand's national day (Feb 6)

Waitangi Day, Palmerston North 2010

Waitangi Day marks the anniversary of the initial signing – on 6 February 1840 – of the Treaty of Waitangi, regarded as the founding document of the nation.

A public holiday and a three-day weekend, celebrations around the country are somewhat muted, but in Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, there’s a lot going on – concerts and entertainment, market stalls, arts & crafts, food options, and often, protests of some form or other.

The Prime Minister is usually in attendance at the Treaty Grounds.

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Throughout New Zealand

Waitangi Day

Summer: Dec, Jan & Feb

Text © Craig McLachlan

Image by Interstellar Simian