Waitangi Day (New Zealand National Day 2018) – Today, the beautiful country of New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day, the country’s official National Day. Waitangi Day is named after a small city on the North Island of New Zealand where the Treaty of Waitangi, the country’s founding document, was first signed in 1840. Signing the treaty brought New Zealand’s indigenous Māori tribes and British representatives together into one new government. More than 40 Māori chiefs joined the British for the signing ceremony, and both cultures are still very prevalent in the fabric of the country.
Celebrations at Waitangi begin at sunrise with a flag raising ceremony by the Royal New Zealand Navy and continues throughout the day with church services, historic reenactments of the signing, song, and dance. Elsewhere in New Zealand, local communities take the day to learn more about Māori culture and their history, or visit the beach to take in a usually sunny summer day. You’ll even find parties in London, the largest community of Kiwi expatriates outside of New Zealand! No matter where you may be in the world, if you have roots in New Zealand we wish you a very happy Waitangi Day!
You can find more about Waitangi Day (New Zealand National Day 2018) on the official Google Doodle Page