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Information on Waitangi Day history, celebrations

Media Advisory
Ministry for Culture and Heritage

31 January 2008

Information on Waitangi Day history and celebrations

Waitangi Day, what does it mean to New Zealanders? The Ministry for Culture and Heritage has produced a number of useful features on Waitangi Day history and celebrations on three of its websites: – a comprehensive guide to Waitangi Day events and activities throughout New Zealand. Find out about what’s happening in your area.

Details of Waitangi Day events can be accessed on the website.

Access information on the history of Waitangi Day with Gain valuable insights into our national day and the Treaty of Waitangi.

Information can be found at

The eight sections include getting agreement on the treaty, biographies of the main players, a treaty timeline and the origins of Waitangi Day as a national day.
An interactive map of treaty signing locations and relevant information is also available.

Information on the Treaty of Waitangi can be accessed via Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Te Ara is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

The story of New Zealand as a nation state, beginning with the signing of the treaty in 1840, can be found at:

The feature also includes sections on the treaty in Mąori and English, the treaty in law and the Waitangi Tribunal.


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