General Debate: Waitangi Day

Each year I do a little something special on Waitangi Day, I have been choosing to celebrate it for a few years now and get frustrated with sectors of society that choose not to celebrate it.

I’ve had a bit of stick in the last 24 hours about questioning why people wouldn’t leave Christchurch, that’s fine I’m a big boy and can take it, but I’m left with this thought.

It seems that many people are more in love with their local area (Canterbury, Auckland, Waikato etc…) and celebrate it in many personal ways, but when it comes to celebrating the nation as a whole on Waitangi Day…lots of people ignore it. Why is that?

I’d love to hear your thoughts about Waitangi Day. What if means to you and how you are celebrating it this year. If you’re choosing not to celebrate it I’d like to understand that as well, why not?

Check out to see what we did last year.

One month to go…time to start planning your celebrations of this awesome country!