Waitangi Day

A friend of ours said to me this morning, “I read the article you wrote for Stuff Nation”. What!?

A couple of weeks ago I made a blog post about how to save the world by bicycle.  I’m quite passionate about this  topic and really wanted to spread my thoughts and because I only have 6 regular readers of my blog – mum, dad, sister, aunt, niece and friend, ha ha – I decided to submit my article to Stuff Nation, a local news source that encourages readers to submit their views. Unbeknownst to me, they published my article. It is here: Bicycles could save the world. It has since received 133 comments! I enjoyed reading them all very much, even the derogatory ones.

Today is Waitangi day, a public holiday in New Zealand. It celebrates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 by representatives of the British Crown and Maori Chiefs. The purpose of the treaty was threefold: to formally establish British sovereignty of New Zealand; to recognize Maori ownership of land and property; and to grant Maori equal rights with British subjects. It is considered the founding document of New Zealand.

There is both an English and Maori version of the treaty but because they differ quite considerably, there is disagreement to this day about what exactly was agreed to.

The best thing about the treaty is that we got to enjoy a day off. So we went to French Bay.