web analytics

Happy Waitangi day

Written By: - Date published: 9:41 am, February 6th, 2019 - 30 comments
Categories: uncategorized - Tags:

E nga mana, e nga reo, e rau rangatira ma, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa.

I hope everyone gets out today to celebrate Waitangi day.

For many, many years Waitangi day was a day of tension, when frustration over treaty breaches smashed into expectations of a nice civic event.  And a large part of the population complained.  Can’t we all be friends?

There has been a great deal of politics.  Back in 1975 the third Labour Government passed the Treaty of Waitangi Act and set up the Waitangi Tribunal with somewhat limited powers but the intent was to address treaty breaches.  Norm Kirk inspired it with this simple piece of poetic symbolism.


Then the Lange led fourth Labour Government did something really good.  My membership of the Labour Party lapsed not long after this such was my disgust with Rogernomics but let me say that the Nuclear free legislation and changes to the Waitangi Tribunal’s jurisdiction to allow it to investigate treaty breaches back to 1840 were the two highlights.

Things get complex politically. National Ministers Doug Graham and Chris Finlayson did good work. It seems that the rhetoric of a campaign and the decision making of right wing but principled politicians come up with interesting results. And there were really interesting local political examples, like Andrew Judd, who was elected as Mayor of New Plymouth on a subtlety right wing platform but then had a real road to Damascus conversion and realised and acknowledged the importance of Tangata Whenua. His attempt to ensure there was Maori representation on the New Plymouth Council was met with the perfect red neck response and he stood down.

It is funny really. Auckland Council has, with National’s guidance, done the same thing. And the sky has not fallen.

And recently the tone of Waitangi day has improved. Last year it was a wonderful thing.

This year the media coverage has made me cross. The usual elements including Simon Bridges’s twitterer have tried to make a big deal because Jacinda did not instantaneously recite the treaty word for word after being blindsided by a question.

But in the interests of our national day I will say no more.

Have a good one. While you are enjoying it reflect on the egregious way the treaty has been broken and how steps to atone are modest but are being graciously received.

30 comments on “Happy Waitangi day ”

  1. Dennis Frank 1

    I’m ambivalent. Worth celebrating, inasmuch as it established a racial partnership in principle. Not worth it, inasmuch as the principle was not honoured via subsequent political practice. Remedial enterprise, such as the instances you note, in recent decades has been encouraging.

    Hobson’s pledge to the chiefs who signed seems an attempt at holistic framing. It was defeated by the dual nature of the Treaty. Dualism, therefore, historically gained the upper hand over holism in the collective psyche. The two treaties are fundamentally different in respect of sovereignty: Te Tiriti has a second article that includes the principle of tribal governance, whereas the Treaty does not.

    After Hobson issued his pledge, Aotearoa was ruled from afar by the NSW colonial governor until our state was instituted by an Act of the British Parliament in 1852, which did not come into effect until proclaimed here on 17 Jan 1853. The machinery of our democracy and governance was subsequently created on the basis of that Act. Colonialist govts proceeded to enact laws and administer this country on the basis of the English version, and tribal chiefs continued to rule their traditional domains on the basis of the Maori version.

    The failure of Henry Williams to correctly duplicate the principles of the Treaty may have been accidental. It wouldn’t surprise me if it was Machiavellian. Failure to include recognition of the principle of chiefly governance in the English version meant the entire structure of our democracy was erected on a fault-line rather than on solid consensual ground. Brash & his lobby group ought to pull-finger and get their heads around the historical fact.

    However, this fact also impedes his opponents, who want to use the Treaty as a conceptual strait-jacket to bind Aotearoans into a future hamstrung by a flawed past. We will not be thus bound!

  2. Kia ora! I hope everyone in the TS whanau has a relaxing day today. Not beach weather where I am, however, I’ll still be getting out and trying to get in touch with te whenua via the medium of gardening. Planting a native tree seems like an appropriate way to mark the day, ae?

    • francesca 2.1

      Well I dunno TRP
      I’d be leaving the tree planting to at least April/May if you want them to survive
      rather than just be a ceremonial gesture.
      Bloody hot and dry here anyway, despite a light drizzle today, we’re having to conserve water
      I usually stop planting in August and resume in April

    • lprent 2.2

      Lyn has a birthday on Waitangi day. Party time (for me to humbug)

  3. greywarshark 3

    Claudia Orange describes the background to the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi – good short summary of the history.

  4. rata 4

    Prior to 1975 Waitangi day was hardly observed.
    It was a day off school or work.
    Since 1975 Waitangi day has been Maori bashing day.
    The media has focused almost entirely on protests at Waitangi.
    99% of Maori are not at Waitangi but 99% of media coverage is.
    Pakeha New Zealanders have come to expect their their annual pantomime
    the good Pakeha v the bad Maori protester performed every 6th of February.
    To be fair the media just gives the majority what they want.
    Do not expect change any time soon.
    The best thing Maori could do would be to not go to Waitangi at all.
    Let Pakeha go there on their own to celebrate diversity by themselves.
    Simple but extremely effective.

    • greywarshark 4.1

      That is not a helpful approach to regarding the greatness of Waitangi Day and how different people regard it. No good being cynical – we need to press on with the positives.

      • rata 4.1.1

        “No good being cynical” – we need to press on with the positives?
        Sorry if I am not bouncy feel good today.
        40 years of negativity toward Maori from the Pakeha press
        + 40 years of negative attacks from the white National party and
        right wing hate talk radio
        has drained me of my positivity.
        The fact that most of your comments on issues on this blog are full of negativity, criticism and narrow minded dogma makes your call to ” press on with the positives” so hypocritical.
        BTW “Greywarshark” is not such a positive name.

        • patricia bremner

          Hi Rata,
          Right wing radio!! Don’t listen to those red necks.. they’d make anyone blue.

          You are right about the articles and click bait. The main events were glossed over lightly and the reporters seemed delighted that Brash and”Bishop Tamaki were expected to play a protest role.

          Personally, as a 5th generation NZer with Maori family members, I know in “both houses” as Jacinda Ardern puts it, some respect it and observe it, some ignore it and to them it’s just a break.

          I think the pledge of money to encourage the learning of our history, and To build up a supply of teachers and resources will help.

          When they start night school classes again I think Te Tiriti and Te Reo wiil blossom.

          We need to do even more to create good meeting places. Not like Talk Back.

        • greywarshark

          Well sorry about your sad opinions.

          You don’t read mine thoroughly. There is plenty that I am concerned about but when I see something positive I note it. And I try to remember to enjoy the things I have; the glass half full rather than half empty thing. When I complain I try to look for an answer, make a suggestion for change. And I am interested in others and wish them well particularly when they are thinking of ideas that can make life better for others as well as themselves.

          But carry on feeling glum and angry, it gets to be the default position with some people. Nothing’s good, everyone else is bad and prevent others from having their desires which would magically solve all their problems. 😀

          • rata

            That’s fine for you.
            40 years of Maori bashing is not your experience
            so you don’t have to worry about it.
            Just carry on living in your la la land
            the default position of those who refuse to see the truth.
            Soon enough there will be an issue which annoys you
            and I will be there to tell you to just be positive.
            What goes around comes around.

    • Bazza64 4.2

      Rata you are right. The media love covering agitation. Sadly NZers have been given a warped sense of race relations based on what they throw at us on the TV news each Waitangi Day.

    • Chris T 4.3

      Agree the media just focus on the bad bits.

      The rest of is just a racist rant, not worth commenting on.

    • alwyn 4.4

      “It was a day off school or work.”.
      It didn’t become a Public Holiday in New Zealand until 1974.
      Thus, unless you lived in Northland I think, if you took the day of school you would have been playing the wag.

    • left_forward 4.5

      I guess you didn’t go to Waitangi then, rata.
      It was the opposite to the bleak picture that you paint from your media influenced imagination.
      Although yesterday was diverse, it was generally a celebration of Maori; tikanga, te reo, wairua, waiata, kanikani, kapa haka, tamariki, whanau, kaumatua, hauora, nga te mea.
      A wide range of issues were peacefully and warmly presented, raising awareness and korero. It was fun, friendly and family orientated.
      Yet another splendid day at Waitangi – nga mihi nui to the hosts, organisers and ordinary people who again made it the special day that it was.

    • left_forward 4.6

      Not all the news media gets it wrong – it just depends on who you choose to get your ‘news’ from:

  5. greywarshark 5

    Waka making and journeys –

    Master carver Ta Hekenukumai Busby, renowned practitioner of the endangered Māori art form of waka building, has been recognised in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
    “An esteemed kaumatua, a master waka builder, a spirited adventurer with a curious mind; it is a privilege to honour Hek Busby today as he becomes a Knight Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours for his services to Māori”, Minister for Crown/Māori relations, Kelvin Davis says.,

    Waka Tapu journey from 2012-2013




    Waka visiting Waitangi November 2014 from Hawaii.

    Moderator (Please delete my previous comments as i had forgotten I had too many links. Have now cut in two.)

  6. greywarshark 6

    Waka and youth – and showcasing to the world

    A Whangarei event showcasing Maori aspiration for youth.
    Te Kapehu Whetu
    Rangatahi Inc Launch Dinner admin
    On August 28 this year, a bold new initiative called Rangatahi Inc was launched at Whangarei’s Toll Stadium. Rangatahi Inc is a collaborative initiative designed to unlock rangatahi entrepreneurship in Tai Tokerau. This video captures some of the highlights from the evening including the first product launch as a result of Rangatahi Inc – Inc Me, a high quality smart phone case with a QR code that contains a company or individual’s contact details.

    The Gisborne Herald reports: THE 100 or so dolphins that glided alongside voyaging waka Haunui were the highlight for the crew who sailed from Gisborne to Auckland last month, says Turanga Ararau student Ihaka Wharepapa. Mr Wharepapa was one of four Gisborne and East Coast crew, that included fellow Turanga Ararau students Juanita Harihana and Sheldon Barbarich, and Whangara School teacher Jay Love.

    Full Maori Waka Taua Doc.1.22.38
    Te Hono ki Aotearoa
    Museum Volkenkunden Leiden (Holland)

    Maori waka chant and paddling

    Americas Cup? See NZ waka racing in Tahiti.

    Polynesian navigation

  7. greywarshark 7

    What i am concentrating on on Waitangi Day is to bring reports of Maori culture and great creativity and skill, (beyond most pakeha aspiration) to the post for all to enjoy. In the afternoon I hope to go and see Peter Jackson WW1 coming to life in his film I think They Shall never grow Old.

    And I need to find time to say a small prayer for a quick end to our major fire disaster in the region near Wakefield. Animals being caught in it, birds, some houses gone i think. One small flame probably and then out of control with the winds and the dryness. God help us.

    • patricia bremner 7.1

      We are praying with you for a break in the wind and for the brave fire crews Kia kaha Grey.

  8. CC 8

    Wellington’s Mt. Cook is alive with the sounds of a rowdy party at Patsy Reddy’s place.

    • veutoviper 8.1

      LOL. More details/gossip, please.

      Many, many years ago I have to admit I attended quite a number of rowdy etc parties there! Particularly during the Porritt days.

      One of the best was when a certain UK aircraft carrier was in port on its final around the world lap before being decommissioned … !!! Those were the days …

  9. ropata 9

    A positive view – 99.9% of visitors to Waitangi experience a day of celebration

  10. Ad 10

    Best Waitangi Day I’ve seen.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • NZ announces a third P-3 deployment in support of UN sanctions
    The Government has deployed a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea, announced Minister of Foreign Affairs Winston Peters and Minister of Defence Ron Mark. “New Zealand has long supported ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Pacific trade and development agreement a reality
    Pacific regional trade and development agreement PACER Plus will enter into force in 60 days now that the required eight countries have ratified it. Trade and Export Growth Minister David Parker welcomed the announcement that the Cook Islands is the eighth nation to ratify this landmark agreement. “The agreement represents ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Securing a pipeline of teachers
    The Government is changing its approach to teacher recruitment as COVID-19 travel restrictions continue, by boosting a range of initiatives to get more Kiwis into teaching. “When we came into Government, we were faced with a teacher supply crisis,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “Over the past three years, we ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Border exceptions for a small number of international students with visas
    The Government has established a new category that will allow 250 international PhD and postgraduate students to enter New Zealand and continue their studies, in the latest set of border exceptions. “The health, safety and wellbeing of people in New Zealand remains the Government’s top priority. Tight border restrictions remain ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • First COVID-19 vaccine purchase agreement signed
    The Government has signed an agreement to purchase 1.5 million COVID-19 vaccines – enough for 750,000 people – from Pfizer and BioNTech, subject to the vaccine successfully completing all clinical trials and passing regulatory approvals in New Zealand, say Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods and Health Minister Chris Hipkins. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • International statement – End-to-end encryption and public safety
    We, the undersigned, support strong encryption, which plays a crucial role in protecting personal data, privacy, intellectual property, trade secrets and cyber security.  It also serves a vital purpose in repressive states to protect journalists, human rights defenders and other vulnerable people, as stated in the 2017 resolution of the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • Ministry of Defence Biodefence Assessment released
    The Ministry of Defence has today released a Defence Assessment examining Defence’s role across the spectrum of biological hazards and threats facing New Zealand. Biodefence: Preparing for a New Era of Biological Hazards and Threats looks at how the NZDF supports other agencies’ biodefence activities, and considers the context of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 week ago
  • New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020
    New Approaches to Economic Challenges: Confronting Planetary Emergencies: OECD 9 October 2020 Hon David Parker’s response following Thomas Piketty and Esther Duflo. Good morning, good afternoon, and good evening, wherever in the world you might be. I first acknowledge the excellent thought provoking speeches of Thomas Piketty and Esther ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Kaipara Moana restoration takes next step
    A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed today at Waihāua Marae between the Crown, local iwi and councils to protect, restore and enhance the mauri of Kaipara Moana in Northland. Environment Minister David Parker signed the document on behalf of the Crown along with representatives from Ngā Maunga Whakahī, Ngāti ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand and Uruguay unite on reducing livestock production emissions
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor and Uruguayan Minister of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries Carlos María Uriarte have welcomed the launch of a three-year project that will underpin sustainable livestock production in Uruguay, Argentina, and Costa Rica.  The project called ‘Innovation for pasture management’ is led by Uruguay’s National Institute of Agricultural ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • 3100 jobs created through marae upgrades
    Hundreds of marae throughout the country will be upgraded through investments from the Provincial Growth Fund’s refocused post COVID-19 funding to create jobs and put money into the pockets of local tradespeople and businesses, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta have announced. “A total ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Health volunteers recognised in annual awards
    Health Minister Chris Hipkins has announced 9 teams and 14 individuals are the recipients of this year’s Minister of Health Volunteer Awards.  “The health volunteer awards celebrate and recognise the thousands of dedicated health sector volunteers who give many hours of their time to help other New Zealanders,” Mr Hipkins ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community COVID-19 Fund supports Pacific recovery
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says a total of 264 groups and individuals have successfully applied for the Pacific Aotearoa Community COVID-19 Recovery Fund, that will support Pacific communities drive their own COVID-19 recovery strategies, initiatives, and actions. “I am keen to see this Fund support Pacific ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Community benefits from Māori apprenticeships
    Up to 50 Māori apprentices in Wellington will receive paid training to build houses for their local communities, thanks to a $2.75 million investment from the Māori Trades and Training Fund, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Ngāti Toa Rangatira Incorporated to provide its Ngā Kaimahi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Training fund supports Māori jobseekers
    Rapidly growing sectors will benefit from a $990,000 Māori Trades and Training Fund investment which will see Wellington jobseekers supported into work, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “This funding will enable Sapphire Consultants Ltd. to help up to 45 Māori jobseekers into paid training initiatives over two years through ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruakura Inland Port development vital infrastructure for Waikato
    The Government is investing $40 million to develop an inland port at Ruakura which will become a freight super-hub and a future business, research and residential development for the Waikato, Urban Development and Transport Minister Phil Twyford, and Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. The funding has been has ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Appointments made to Defence Expert Review Group
    Defence Minister Ron Mark announced today the establishment of an Expert Review Group to review a number of aspects of the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) structure, information management and record-keeping processes.  The Expert Review Group’s work arises out of the first recommendation from the Report of the Government’s Inquiry ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • No active community cases of COVID-19
    There are no active community cases of COVID-19 remaining in the country after the last people from the recent outbreak have recovered from the virus, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “This is a big milestone. New Zealanders have once again through their collective actions squashed the virus. The systems ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Clean energy upgrade for more public buildings
    More public buildings will be supported by the Government to upgrade to run on clean energy, the Minister for Climate Change James Shaw announced today. Minister Shaw announced that Lincoln and Auckland universities will receive support through the Clean-Powered Public Service Fund to replace fossil fuel boilers. Southern, Taranaki, and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Schools back donations scheme for the second year
    More schools have opted in to the donations scheme for 2021, compared to 2020 when the scheme was introduced. “The families of more than 447,000 students will be better off next year, with 94% of eligible schools and kura opting into the scheme,” Education Minister Chris Hipkins said. “This is ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Ruapehu cycle trails gets PGF boost
    The spectacular Mountains to Sea cycle trail in Ruapehu District will receive $4.6 million in funding from the Provincial Growth Fund for two additional trails, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today. “This is an exciting development for the local community, and one that will provide significant economic opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 weeks ago
  • Update to air border order strengthens crew requirements
    Additional measures coming into effect on Monday will boost our defence against COVID-19 entering New Zealand through the air border, Health Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “As part of our precautionary approach and strategy of constant review, we’re tightening the requirements around international aircrew,” Chris Hipkins said. The COVID-19 Public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • A true picture of Māori business activity
    A better picture of the contribution Māori businesses make to the economy will be possible with changes to the way information is collected about companies and trading enterprises. Māori Development Minister Nanaia Mahuta and Small Business Minister Stuart Nash have announced a new option for Māori enterprises who are part ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • PGF funding for Taranaki projects
    The South Taranaki museum, a New Plymouth distillery and a Pasifika building firm will benefit from a Government investment totalling more than $1 million, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones says. The $1.05m in grants and loans from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will help the recipients expand and create ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Fijian Language Week 2020 inspires courage and strength during COVID-19 pandemic
    The Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio says the theme for the 2020 Fijian Language Week reflects the strong belief by Fijians that their language and culture inspires courage and strength that is strongly needed in times of emergencies, or through a significant challenge like the global COVID-19 pandemic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago
  • Trades training builds on iwi aspirations
    An investment of $2.025 million from the Māori Trades and Training Fund will support Māori to learn new skills while making a positive difference for their communities, announced Employment Minister Willie Jackson today. “K3 Development Limited Partnership will receive $2,025,000 for its Takitimu Tuanui apprenticeship programme, which will support the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 weeks ago