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- proper n. The national day of New Zealand and public holiday held each year on February 6 to celebrate the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document. The Treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British citizens.
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Even when Prime Minister Norman Kirk changed Waitangi Day to "New Zealand Day" in 1974 and it formally became a public holiday, the idea of making it transferable was rejected (the name was changed back to Waitangi Day in 1976 by Kirk's successor Robert Muldoon).
So this Waitangi Day, let's strengthen our resolve.
"When I got out of the car a couple of young guys tried to thump me," Key said, adding that Waitangi Day was about "dialogue and understanding each others 'points of view, not thumping each other."
Maori flag should fly on all days of significance, not just Waitangi Day, Maori say.
Known as Waitangi Day, it is a public holiday and generally recognized as the country's national day.
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