February 6: New Zealand Day

Sorry, guys. A migraine took me down for the count last night, so the post is a bit late.

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Happy Waitangi Day! On February 6, 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, officially establishing the nation of New Zealand and its relationship with the Great Britain. Today it is known either as New Zealand Day or Waitangi Day (which is definitely more fun to say).

The haka is a traditional war dance of the Maori people.

The haka is a traditional war dance of the Maori people.

 

For the past few decades there’s actually been a lot of controversy and even some violence over whether the treaty is being followed and whether it was proper in the first place. Nevertheless, people in New Zealand, Australia, the UK, and elsewhere still seem to have a lot of fun celebrating this national day with parties, ceremonies, and the haka.

“I am still confident of this:
I will see the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living.”

Psalm 27:13

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