Carved sternposts of beached ‘waka’ (canoes) on the beach near Waitangi.
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.
Marcus King painting of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. See the Comments section of my posting for discussion about the accuracy of this (and other) paintings.
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.
Me as a trooper of the New South Wales Mounted Police (c1840).
The party of NSW mounted troopers at the Old Stone Store in Kerikeri.
Governor Hobson’s party at sea on the way to the beach at Waitangi (me on the far left).
I think this post on M J Wright’s blog is very insightful about the history and controversy behind the Treaty.
An actor playing a Maori chief at Waitangi.
Well-known actor and announcer Peter Sledmere played Governor Hobson in an (inaccurate) navy uniform.