The history of both the Treaty and of the national day since 1840 has moved from a lack of recognition, acknowledgment, or even knowledge, to protest, debate, and controversy, and increasingly to celebration. With these shifts over time has also come greater awareness and understanding of the issues. Those issues relate to past land alienation, assimilationist policies and loss of culture and autonomy, and the current role of the Treaty as the country’s founding document (particularly in the context of what this means for Māori rights, Māori economic and social development, and the relationships between different groups of people in what is now very much a multicultural society).
I clearly won’t be able to cover the breadth and depth of the issues and discussions relating to the Treaty in this post. To some extent, however, the history of Waitangi Day itself does offer some insights into the subject.
The signing of the Treaty on February 6 wasn’t officially commemorated until 1934, and it has only been a public holiday since 1974. The event at Waitangi in 1934 came about because the then Governor-General gifted the Treaty House and grounds to the nation. The Governor-General’s prayer on that day expressed the desire that “the sacred compact made in these waters may be faithfully and honourably kept for all time to come” and that the two races (Māori and Pākehā) might unite as one nation. Although celebrations exhibiting national pride and unity occurred in the following years, particularly on the centennial in 1940, Māori began to seek to use the day to highlight injustices and challenge the nation’s record on race relations.
In the 1950s and 60s, there was movement towards making the day a public holiday. The Waitangi Day Act 1960 declared that February 6 would be known as Waitangi Day, but did not provide for a national public holiday. Then an amendment in 1963 made Waitangi Day a public holiday in Northland only (the province in which Waitangi is situated). Finally, in 1973 the government announced that the following year “New Zealand Day” would be celebrated as a national holiday on February 6. The idea was that the day would be neither symbolic nor religious, but would be an important part of efforts to achieve a “full sense of nationhood.” The name of the day was changed back to Waitangi Day by legislation enacted in 1976, with the government saying that this was due to representations that this would better recognize the significance of the Treaty.futurology research future of top shot future by billie eilish rupee future against dollar folly future via future past review duran duran what is the difference between near future and simple future future z puma future of cryptocurrency futurology examples future to the back futurology journal future diary characters future life shake during pregnancy future out the mattress futurology online course future past meme future career quiz future past review future near me future as god meme future cars future beyond shell future with sunglasses future at the same damn time future ford sacramento since future victory is sure future kazutora future at wedding future with glasses meme future jobs futurology reddit futurology science future goals within company future world future about artificial intelligence future planning during covid future buildings future from 8 mile future ufc events future in spanish futurology delphi method future perfect tense antonyms futurology future energy future looking into mirror future to the back meme futurology subreddit future reference future at oasis future out the mud future from atlanta future years future weapons future as a verb future for the streets meme future before fame future by billie eilish lyrics future without shirt future until futurology quotes future class contra future of top shot future zamasu futurology of education in hindi future without autotune future off road suvs article in futurology future memes future zahir wilburn future kings around the world futurology congress future from where future retail future up education future outlook future all around rope up future africa futurology vinyl future with covid future retail future about date of birth futurology nədir future through palm reading future baby girl names 2020 future in spanish future about gold future super bowl locations future market future name future after covid future inside the mattress mp3 download futurology related words futurology science future perfect good futurology podcasts future quiz future tense of made during future tense future faking futurology with example future house future contract future of outside broadcasting futurology institute future since future pro usa future rapper future on russell wilson future in tagalog future about gold future new song future at the same damn time future before fame futurology ppt future of next plc futurology of english future over your head future projects around the world future value of annuity future legends complex future college football schedules is top ships a good investment via future future before nostalgia future vision towards 2030s future past tense future before rap future definition future java future contra torete meaning for futurology future nissan futurology lyrics future islands tour future till i introduced you opposite of futurology definition for futurology future into future name books on futurology future after high school future walk thru lyrics motsatsen till future future energy futurology quotes future life is good future fins future in sight even future future made of virtual insanity future the rapper future without shirt spin_until_future_complete future future of futurology future husband future via-nett kft