Waitangi Day

On the 6th of February 1840, over 500 Mâori chiefs met with representatives of the British Crown to sign the Treaty of Waitangi, named after the place in the Bay of Islands where signing took place. The Treaty is a broad statement of principles on which a political agreement was made to found a nation state and build a government, although the different understandings of the Treaty by the English and Mâori signatories have long been a subject of debate. Waitangi Day is a public holiday in New Zealand.