Today is Waitangi Day in New Zealand - although yesterday was Feb. 6th in NZ, but I am celebrating today.
Waitangi Day celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. This treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire and gave the Maori rights as subjects of the British crown. Over 500 Maori chiefs signed this founding document of New Zealand.
The day is filled with cultural performances, speeches, naval salutes, food and fun: