Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, February 5th, 2020 - 93 comments
Yesterday the political parties were welcomed onto the upper Marae at Waitangi. Jacinda Ardern took the occasion to give a stock take of what the Government was doing to address Iwi concerns, Andrew Little gave his speech totally in te reo, and Simon Bridges chose to use the opportunity to politic.
Written By: - Date published: 1:19 pm, February 7th, 2019 - 226 comments
It was sure refreshing to see the current head of the National Party saying on Waitangi Day that teaching of New Zealand history should be compulsory in the New Zealand curriculum.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, February 6th, 2018 - 84 comments
By engaging with and showing respect for Ngapuhi Jacinda Ardern has transformed Waitangi Day from a day of dissent to a day of celebration.
Written By: - Date published: 9:04 am, January 26th, 2018 - 10 comments
Australia Day (January 26th), like Waitangi Day (February 6th) often divides our countries as much in its silence as anything else.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, February 6th, 2017 - 19 comments
Well the lead-up to Waitangi Day this year has certainly had its fair share of drama!
You can read Andrew Little’s thoughts on the day here: Andrew Little: Waitangi a day for all of us to come together
Written By: - Date published: 12:40 pm, February 9th, 2016 - 71 comments
A broken promise is still a broken promise, no matter how often you explain it.
Written By: - Date published: 9:33 am, February 5th, 2016 - 111 comments
From the archives.
Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, February 5th, 2013 - 24 comments
Bryce Edwards has a useful roundup of the goings on at Waitangi.
Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, December 12th, 2012 - 4 comments
The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has reported back on David Clark’s Holidays (Full Recognition of Waitangi Day and ANZAC Day) Amendment Bill, with the National majority recommending it not be passed. The bill will now go back before the House, where its fate will be in the hands of Peter Dunne. Will he vote for it or not?
Written By: - Date published: 1:50 pm, February 16th, 2012 - 93 comments
Why do we tolerate, indeed sometimes glorify, thoroughly toxic commentators and “media figures” in NZ? It’s a rhetorical question. The answer is, of course, that it’s all about the money…
Written By: - Date published: 8:45 pm, February 6th, 2012 - 20 comments
David Shearer wants to move the New Year’s and Queen’s Birthday honours to Waitangi Day. I reckon that’s a goer. If honourees were advised ahead of time, they could attend a public ceremony at Waitangi, to add to all the other events. With thousands there, it would be a much more public celebration of their contributions to our society and bring a positive focus to the day.
Written By: - Date published: 6:24 am, February 6th, 2012 - 171 comments
While Key was away on his 4-week holiday in Hawaii, the world economy deteriorated, reports on the dire state of poverty in our country came out, and access to strategic resources became a pressing issue – both with our farmland being bought and Iran threatening to close off the globe’s oil supply. But Key was working on a plan – to stoke up racial dissent at home.
Written By: - Date published: 1:07 am, February 7th, 2011 - 36 comments
A personal perspective on the Waitangi celebrations. Where John Key went wrong, how Hone was out and proud, and the left’s reception. Also: an enjoyment of Maori burgers over kai moana this year.
Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, February 6th, 2011 - 24 comments
Written By: - Date published: 1:26 pm, January 12th, 2011 - 44 comments
This year, as last year, we miss out on both Anzac and Waitangi days as holidays. And the Government refuses to do anything about it. Phil Goff and the EPMU back all workers getting their rightful public holidays like any other year – but John Key apparently doesn’t think it’s do-able, that it needs “research”.
Written By: - Date published: 5:05 pm, November 7th, 2010 - 34 comments
This NAct government is so anti-worker that they have managed to re-arrange the calendar so that we get 5 fewer holidays in this government’s term than the last Labour one. And that’s before they sell off our 4th week.