News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 

History of Waitangi Day On NZHistory.net.nz

History of Waitangi Day On NZHistory.net.nz

MEDIA RELEASE

History of Waitangi Day on the Net

The story of Waitangi Day, which was first officially commemorated in 1934, mirrors the development of a more politically sensitive New Zealand society in the twentieth century, according to Dr Claudia Orange , author of an online history of the event now available on NZHistory.net.

NZHistory.net is the official website of the Heritage Branch of the Department of Internal Affairs.

Dr Orange, author of an award winning history of the Treaty of Waitangi, says that newspaper reports of the 1940 centennial celebrations described Waitangi day as the “foundation of nationhood” and Waitangi as the “cradle of the nation”.

“Jump forward 30 years and Waitangi Day had become the focus of protest from Mäori unhappy at the government’s slow progress towards honouring the treaty.”

Matters came to a head in 1995 when protests caused the celebrations to be canceled: Prime Minister Jim Bolger declared “there can be no going back to commemorate and celebrate Waitangi as it was. That is over.” “

More recently other issues have to come to the fore including the question of speaking rights for women on Te Tii marae .

To find out more about this fascinating story point your browser at http://www.nzhistory.net.nz

Ends



© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NAISA: World's Indigenous People Gather In New Zealand

More than a thousand people from the Pacific and across the globe are in Hamilton for the Native American Indigenous Study Association conference at the University of Waikato. More>>

Stats NZ: Slight Fall In Overall Life Satisfaction

The average rating for overall life satisfaction is now 7.7, a slight fall from 7.8 in 2016 and 2014. However, the majority of Kiwis (81.1 percent) still rated their life satisfaction highly, as 7 or above on a 0 to 10 scale. More>>

Howard Davis Review: Ans Westra & The New Photography At Te Papa

Te Papa's latest exhibition and publication focuses its corrective lenses on eight outstanding photographic pioneers who forged a bold new style during the 1960s and 70s. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Making History

Jock Phillips is a pioneering public historian who has sought new ways to communicate history to a wide audience. His autobiographical memoir is a fascinating account of how perceptions of history have changed through his career. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • CULTURE
  • HEALTH
  • EDUCATION
 
 
  • Wellington
  • Christchurch
  • Auckland