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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).

    Stuff.co.nz - Stuff

  • So this Waitangi Day, let's strengthen our resolve.

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  • "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."

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  • Maori flag should fly on all days of significance, not just Waitangi Day, Maori say.

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  • Known as Waitangi Day, it is a public holiday and generally recognized as the country's national day.

    The Earth Times Online Newspaper

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