Kia ora New Zealand, February 6 is the day we celebrate our
heritage and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, the 1840
document which joined Maori and Pakeha in a historic
While the national focus is usually on
events at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, there are plenty of
things you can do to celebrate at home or in your own
- Dig out those New Zealand flags last used during the Rugby
World Cup and festoon the car again.
- Have a shared Kiwi dinner with the neighbours. Dishes might
include kumara chips, lamb chops, barbecued sausages and tomato
sauce on white bread, L&P, a traditional lettuce salad
decorated with grated cheese and sliced boiled eggs. Pudding is, of
course, pavlova with a kiwifruit topping.
- Wear Kiwi colours: black and white, or the colours of the New
- Get the kids to make poi. Stuff small plastic bags with cushion
filling or shredded paper, then tie up with plaited ties made out
of red, black and white wool.
- Some New Zealanders make a special trip for Waitangi Day every
year but there are also lots of local celebrations. Contact your
local council or look out for billboards. They're like to include
anything from kapa haka and hangi to live entertainment, concerts,
kids' activities and food.
- Make a trip to the museum, with a special visit to the New
Zealand history section.
- Start tracing your own family tree or whakapapa. Dig out the
family photos to show what great-grandma wore on her wedding
- Get the kids to walk like a kiwi around the house, using their
arm as a beak to snuffle along the ground. This is a great
distraction from boredom and naughtiness just before dinner. You
could even hide a few jelly beans behind the sofa for them to
- Rent a good old Kiwi classic film, such as Footrot Flats.