Number 32: Waitangi Day, New Zealand
In the southern Pacific nation of New Zealand, February 6 is a public holiday known as Waitangi Day, marking the 1840 signing between the English and the Maori of the Treaty of Waitangi (Te Tiriti o Waitangi), which became the founding document for present-day New Zealand. While Maoris and non-Maoris coexist in relatively good, peaceful, and cooperative terms, the language providing guidance from the Treaty of Waitangi and the “appropriate translation” remain contentious. What happens next will pave the way forward not only for the future of New Zealand, but also for native and non-native cooperation and relations for other nations in the south Pacific. To examine the “original” paper and parchment documents (all in Maori) which make up the Treaty of Waitangi, click here for Archives New Zealand.
I made composite photos above of the display representing the Treaty of Waitangi at Te Papa Museum in Wellington, New Zealand on 13 October 2010. This post appears on Fotoeins WIDE at fotowide.wordpress.com.