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Attend official events. Your local community may be running official events during the day, including kapa haka and hangi, drumming, concerts, parades, dance, food, art and live entertainment. Look in your local newspapers or online to find out what is happening in your area.
Waitangi Day, New Zealand’s national day. Every year on 6 February – Waitangi Day – people of all communities and backgrounds gather at Waitangi to commemorate the first signing of New Zealand’s founding document: Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi, on 6 February 1840.
Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs signed what is often considered to be New Zealand’s founding document.
Waitangi Day – 6 February – is Aotearoa New Zealand’s national holiday held to commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi – in 1840.
To give you a better idea, here are seven traditions that only Kiwis will be able to understand and relate to.
Employees must be paid for Waitangi Day, if they normally work on Saturday 6 February or Monday 8 February. If they don’t normally work on these particular days, they don’t need to be paid for Waitangi Day.
These areas include Paihia, Picton, and Queenstown. Statutory holidays are legislated by several Acts of Parliament, particularly the Holidays Act 2003. Waitangi Day and Anzac Day are always commemorated on the exact date, as they remember specific historical events.
From azure lakes to turquoise pools these dazzling blue attractions need to be seen to be believed. New Zealand is the first country in the world to see the light of day. On the eastern coast of New Zealand there are some awesome spots to watch the sunrise on the first day of the New Year. Check them out.
Boxing Day is a holiday in many countries in the Commonwealth of Nations, including New Zealand. It was traditionally a day for employers in England to give bonuses of money, leftover food or old clothing to their employees, or for lords to give agricultural tools and seeds for the coming year to their tenants.
Exact dates of the various provinces’ anniversary days are not specifically stated in the act, and are instead determined by historical convention and local custom. The regions covered are set by provincial district (as they stood when abolished in 1876), plus Southland, the Chatham Islands, South Canterbury, and Northland.