It’s Waitangi Day in New Zealand – our national day. The day we celebrate (or, for some people, the opposite) the signing in 1840 of our founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
My most memorable Waitangi Day was back in 1990 (ooh err – that’s 24 years ago now!), when I took part in a major reenactment of the signing of the Treaty. I played the part of one of the five NSW Mounted Police troopers who accompanied the British party.
I think this post on M J Wright’s blog is very insightful about the history and controversy behind the Treaty.