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WAITANGI DAY

History of the Treaty

Waitangi Day commemorates the signing of a treaty at Waitangi on 6 February 1840 by a group of Maori chiefs and the British Government, represented by Lieutenant-Governor Hobson. The treaty was subsequently signed by other Maori chiefs in various locations throughout the country. The question of what obligations the Treaty of Waitangi placed on each side has been a subject of contention ever since, and lingering questions about whether Britain (and New Zealand) have lived up to their treaty obligations led (at one point) to renaming the day "New Zealand National Day." The name was subsequently changed back to Waitangi Day.

Waitangi Day has been celebrated yearly by the BossClark clan on the Saturday closest to the 6th of February when the majority of the Boss Clark clan are in town. The annual BCWD celebration dates back over a quarter of a century. Although there are several individuals who have been attending BCWD ever since, no one can quite agree on when the first such celebration occurred (although all concur that it took place in Powelton Village in Philadelphia). Since then, BCDC has been held in Haddonfield New Jersey, with one celebration in Miami and another in Tokyo Japan.

Waitangi Day Songs

A highlight of the singing at the party has always been the New Zealand National Anthem, "God Defend New Zealand" and Waltzing Matilda" -- the unofficial Australian anthem. The former has its own official webpage, complete with the English and Maori versions. On the latter, see the Aussie Roger Clarke's website (some of Roger's Australian relatives spell Clark with an "e"); lots of fascinating facts there!

Remember, we are always looking for new factoids on our songs, as well as new songs to sing. So feel free to bring your favorites along next Waitangi Day.

 

WAITANGI DAY 2005

A great time was had by all! Click here for some pics -- courtesy of the "crowd on the steps." [Thank you, Kate!] And if any of you have any other pictures (at least ones suitable for family viewing!), we'd love to see them.

 

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