Waitangi Day 2024

Waitangi Day 2024

6 February 2024

Every year on 6 February, Aotearoa/New Zealand marks the signing of the Te Tiriti o Waitangi/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. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974.

You can read more about the history of Te Tiriti o Waitangi here https://teara.govt.nz/en/te-tiriti-o-waitangi-the-treaty-of-waitangi/print

At Nurtured at Home, we reflect on what the tenets of Partnership, Participation and Protection might look like for tamariki in early childhood education:

Partnership – Article 1 of Te Tiriti: kāwanatanga - requires people to respect and value differences, show empathy, share knowledge and empower others, and share power and decision-making processes.

Participation – Article 2 of Te Tiriti: tino rangatiratanga - occurs when there is open discussion and genuine consultation, good faith, and support for children to share their ideas and have their ideas supported.

Protection – Article 3 of Te Tiriti: ōritetanga – requires advocacy and honesty, protecting the things that are important to the person, and knowledge and awareness.

If you are in Wellington, you can actually see the Treaty of Waitangi. The original documents are on permanent exhibition at the National Library of New Zealand. He Tohu | National Library of New Zealand.

If you are visiting Northland, Waitangi welcomes you on a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand's most important historic site.

Often called the 'Birthplace of the Nation', Waitangi weaves together the strands and stories of many people, events and places to reveal the rich cultural history of Aotearoa New Zealand, offering an inspiring and meaningful experience for every visitor.

Kīia ai a Waitangi te 'Wāhi i whānau ai tō tātou Whenua', ā, ka raranga tahi i ngā aho me ngā kōrero o ngā iwi, ngā mahi me ngā wāhi nunui hei whakaatu i te hītori ahurea rētō o Aotearoa, me te aha ka tuku i te wheako whakamanawa, whaitake hoki ki ngā manuhiri katoa.

And Online, you can access a range of resources for learning and teaching here: https://www.waitangi.org.nz/learn/resources