Waitangi Day

February 7th, 2006 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Well how nice it was to have basically a peaceful and protest free Waitangi Day.

For pretty much all my lifetime we have been the only country whose national day is not one of celebration of all the great things about a country but focused on recriminations and the like.

For that reason in recent years I had favoured that we set up a seperate Day (say on 7 September – Dominion Day) to serve as a truly national holiday and Waitangi Day would remain as a day focused on the Treaty, but not our national day.

However this year has given me hope that Waitangi Day can be more than just a day of protests and indeed serve as our national day.

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5 Responses to “Waitangi Day”

  1. Belt () says:

    If a single cartoon can set the world on fire, I don’t hold out much hope for Waitangi Day not being re-politicised sometime in the future. Cynic or realist? Time will tell.

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  2. Southern Raider () says:

    Well 45,000 people of all races had a great time at Groove in the Park. Fantastic day in the sun with no issues.

    As Tikki from Salmonella Dub (one of the bands performing)said we all live in the same locker room so you just need to get on with life.

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  3. Caroline () says:

    Yes. I quite agree. Nice locker room comment too SR.

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  4. Eleanor () says:

    The quietness of this year’s Waitangi day was very strange. It’s almost as if everyone forgot what day it was. Perhaps the cementation of the Labour government and the abscence of any well-publicised attacks on positive discrimination were the cause.

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  5. Clint () says:

    Hell it wasn’t quiet here. We managed to shut down most of central London with large mobs of drunken but very good natured Kiwis :)

    Was an excellent day, helped by the fact that we stood together at Westminster as one people and blew the Poms away with a Haka the All Blacks would of been proud of.

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