Waitangi Day around the world (VIDEO)

3
31

(Source | Expat Essentials -Hayden Donnell) Mass haka, Maori culture-infused church services and helpings of roast lamb and kumara are among the ways expat Kiwis will be remembering home this Waitangi Day.

Major Roger Hovenden, who is based at Bagram Airforce Base (BAF), in Afghanistan, says Waitangi Day will be business as usual for the small team of 10 Kiwis at the base.

A special Waitangi treat will be roast lamb sandwiches for lunch, cooked at the Kiwi base in Bamyan as lamb isnt available at BAF.

But as Waitangi Day coincides with the American Super Bowl, the small New Zealand contingents celebration will be well overshadowed by the excitement of the 36,000 US personnel who share the base, says Major Hovendon.

The weather here is cold and wet at present so memories of a sunny Waitangi Day at the beach with family and friends will also linger in our minds, he said. But generally it is a normal day but thinking of family and friends back home as we all do throughout our deployment.

Captain Kelvin McMillan, logistics officer for the NZ Provincial Reconstruction Team in Bamyan, Afghanistan, says the significance of Waitangi Day isnt lost on Kiwi soldiers there.

For many of the soldiers, it is a time to remember and think about their own families, said Captain McMillan. Some will get the opportunity to phone home to talk to their loved ones, and those within Kiwi Base will even get a traditional hangi cooked by the military chefs for all to enjoy, even the American and Malaysian coalition partners posted to Kiwi Base.

Joseph Hoye of NZNewsUK said thousands of New Zealanders would turn out for the Circle Line Pub Crawl around London on February 6.

The three-year-old event makes many stops on its way to culminating in a mass haka outside Westminster Abbey.

A less rowdy option would be a Waitangi commemoration church service, including one inside the abbey on February 8, said Mr Hoye.

He has already attended a Waitangi service hosted by the Royal Company of Girdlers and supported by local Maori group Ngati Ranana.

London Rugby club captain Campbell Rowe said his club was expecting 300 people to show up to a pub it has hired out for Waitangi Day.

The evening will be a fundraiser for an ANZAC Day match at the village of Passchendaele in Belgium, he said.

Its a time to be proud to be Kiwis. Theres not one person here who isnt proud of their connection to New Zealand. Were proud of our clean and green image, proud of our rugby team. Its a time to celebrate that.

He has been in the UK for 16 years and still thinks often of coming home.

Theres definitely a lot of us who have been here more than 10 years that want back. But weve got lives over here in the UK now. Homes. Family. Its not possible, economically.

Singapore-based ex-pat Marc Checkley said Waitangi falling at the same time as Chinese New Year is likely to make for a Chinese Waitangi Day.

Still, he would be celebrating with lamb, roast kumara and a decent bottle of New Zealand sauvignon blanc.

So the day will be remembered, as such.

He is in favour of setting up a New Zealand Day to celebrate Kiwis inherent New Zealandness.

Would be good to give the Australian Day celebrations a run for the money with other younger expat Kiwis.

And here is a shakey but very cool Flash Mob Haka that took place on Waitangi Day on Melboune’s Burke Street.

Kia ora to this website for the images.

3 COMMENTS

  1. ?''The New Dawning' of Waitangi ~ Ushers in an 'Era of Peace'…

    For the first time at 'Waitangi Celebrations' Feb 6 ~ Peace Hikoi 'March' Banner; read … ''Treaty of Waitangi Extinguished 2011… Customary Law Prevails" ~

    In accordance with 'Due Process' ~ on Feb 4 at Waitangi (the first and only place of Law for Maori/Tangata Whenua; since the Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament; only came into existence 1852! Thus being; the Lawfuly Worldwide recognizedl place of the 'Declaration of Independance' and 'Te Tiriti O Waitangi' The Treaty of Waitangi ) … Documents were handed in person; from The Confederation of The United Tribes of Aotearoa;(Descendants of that same Worldwide recognized body of Chiefs, who signed the 1835 Declaration of Independance and 'Te Tiriti O Waitangi' 1840 'Treaty of Waitangi'); … to the Governor General.

    The Documents Served on the Governor General were proof in fact of 'Breaches of The Treaty from 1840 till today' and that 'We' Tangata Whenua/Hapu, Maori, have kept our part; and that the 'Colonial Settler Caretaker Government', operating illegally in Wellington have now been Formally Served … their Marching Orders'… due to 'The Extinguishment of The Treaty of Waitangi'~ and that …'Customary Law now Prevails'!

    In short … 170 years on … is enough Rangimarie 'patience&humility' … after much genocide impacted upon our peoples … and we can say it … as it is now, Without Prejudice or Malice! Thus being the most "Peaceful Way" to end the conflict and injustice that has continued while the Treaty of Waitangi; (which is The Founding Document of New Zealand Government) has been deliberately used as a tool of confusion& to 'divide&rule'(wherein in accordance with International Law of Contra Preferentum … The Maori Version 'Te Tiriti O Waitangi' had been deliberately ignored by NZ govt!

    Their run of 'draconian, admiralty&commercial law' over Us 'Tangata Whenua' aka 'Maori' who are 'The Sovereign in Right' … whom in accordance with 'Law' and 'Lore' are 'Holders of The Unextinguished Native Title' of this Land Aotearoa aka New Zealand!… their run is now ended ~ Thus We shall see whether they humbly bow out ~ Or whether the Queen of England … (whose ancestor made

    & gifted The Maori Nation 'The First Sovereign Flag' Te Haki Tuatahi'…. via 3 Royal Ships … with 3 x 21 Gun Salutes at Mahia Peninsula in 1834 and up at Kororareka 'Russel'; may dissolve them herself!(Since … this Sovereign Flag was gifted to acknowledge the Sovereign Partnership between Us and The Queen/ not the Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament; who have continued to … as ex Prime Minister, Helen Clark has said publicly 'Everybody knows that NZ govt has 'No Written Constitution' and 'We Govern by Presumption'; and have continued to call themselves 'The Crown', legally, thru their politician made laws) Our Partnership thru 'The First Sovereign Flag' …deliberately misnamed by the Colonial Settler Caretaker Govt as 'The Declaration of Independance' Flag; to confuse and defer from the truth of 'The True Partnership with The British Crown' ~ We accepted the Queen and Her Citizens to come into Our Land and live&trade … 'IN Exchange for 'Protection of Our Lands and Tinorangatiratanga

    'Our Full Authority, Rights and Privelages over Our Lands and Resources' ~

    Thus has been the content for over 170 years and on … It has been the

    'run away child/ de facto NZ Government aka Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament' who has not only breached the 1852 Constitution Act of NZ; of the UK Parliament; when they Repealed it in 1987 … but have continued to govern, trial, prosecute and Jail Tangata Whenua, 'Under Duress'… without informing and or allowing them of their rights(which Rights include …To be tried by their own Sovereign Hapu Council; Self Governance and Self Determination!)

    Hence … karma is upon the doorstep and 'Extinguishing The Treaty of Waitangi'

    is the most peaceful way of 'The Peaceful Warrior'! Which also fulfills our Ancestors prophecy that …'Come the Year 2010 we shall begin Our Sovereign Reign in Peace' ~ 2011 … Notice of Extinguishment… not just of The Treaty … but also The Caretaker Settler Govt … ~ no doubt 2012 will just be left in the hands of Spirit ~ Te Ao Wairua is upon Us and All We need to do from hereon out is … na te Aroha, na te Aroha, na te Aroha!

  2. ?”The New Dawning’ of Waitangi ~ Ushers in an ‘Era of Peace’…
    For the first time at ‘Waitangi Celebrations’ Feb 6 ~ Peace Hikoi ‘March’ Banner; read … ”Treaty of Waitangi Extinguished 2011… Customary Law Prevails” ~
    In accordance with ‘Due Process’ ~ on Feb 4 at Waitangi (the first and only place of Law for Maori/Tangata Whenua; since the Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament; only came into existence 1852! Thus being; the Lawfuly Worldwide recognizedl place of the ‘Declaration of Independance’ and ‘Te Tiriti O Waitangi’ The Treaty of Waitangi ) … Documents were handed in person; from The Confederation of The United Tribes of Aotearoa;(Descendants of that same Worldwide recognized body of Chiefs, who signed the 1835 Declaration of Independance and ‘Te Tiriti O Waitangi’ 1840 ‘Treaty of Waitangi’); … to the Governor General.
    The Documents Served on the Governor General were proof in fact of ‘Breaches of The Treaty from 1840 till today’ and that ‘We’ Tangata Whenua/Hapu, Maori, have kept our part; and that the ‘Colonial Settler Caretaker Government’, operating illegally in Wellington have now been Formally Served … their Marching Orders’… due to ‘The Extinguishment of The Treaty of Waitangi’~ and that …’Customary Law now Prevails’!
    In short … 170 years on … is enough Rangimarie ‘patience&humility’ … after much genocide impacted upon our peoples … and we can say it … as it is now, Without Prejudice or Malice! Thus being the most “Peaceful Way” to end the conflict and injustice that has continued while the Treaty of Waitangi; (which is The Founding Document of New Zealand Government) has been deliberately used as a tool of confusion& to ‘divide&rule'(wherein in accordance with International Law of Contra Preferentum … The Maori Version ‘Te Tiriti O Waitangi’ had been deliberately ignored by NZ govt!
    Their run of ‘draconian, admiralty&commercial law’ over Us ‘Tangata Whenua’ aka ‘Maori’ who are ‘The Sovereign in Right’ … whom in accordance with ‘Law’ and ‘Lore’ are ‘Holders of The Unextinguished Native Title’ of this Land Aotearoa aka New Zealand!… their run is now ended ~ Thus We shall see whether they humbly bow out ~ Or whether the Queen of England … (whose ancestor made
    & gifted The Maori Nation ‘The First Sovereign Flag’ Te Haki Tuatahi’…. via 3 Royal Ships … with 3 x 21 Gun Salutes at Mahia Peninsula in 1834 and up at Kororareka ‘Russel’; may dissolve them herself!(Since … this Sovereign Flag was gifted to acknowledge the Sovereign Partnership between Us and The Queen/ not the Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament; who have continued to … as ex Prime Minister, Helen Clark has said publicly ‘Everybody knows that NZ govt has ‘No Written Constitution’ and ‘We Govern by Presumption’; and have continued to call themselves ‘The Crown’, legally, thru their politician made laws) Our Partnership thru ‘The First Sovereign Flag’ …deliberately misnamed by the Colonial Settler Caretaker Govt as ‘The Declaration of Independance’ Flag; to confuse and defer from the truth of ‘The True Partnership with The British Crown’ ~ We accepted the Queen and Her Citizens to come into Our Land and live&trade … ‘IN Exchange for ‘Protection of Our Lands and Tinorangatiratanga
    ‘Our Full Authority, Rights and Privelages over Our Lands and Resources’ ~
    Thus has been the content for over 170 years and on … It has been the
    ‘run away child/ de facto NZ Government aka Colonial Settler Caretaker Parliament’ who has not only breached the 1852 Constitution Act of NZ; of the UK Parliament; when they Repealed it in 1987 … but have continued to govern, trial, prosecute and Jail Tangata Whenua, ‘Under Duress’… without informing and or allowing them of their rights(which Rights include …To be tried by their own Sovereign Hapu Council; Self Governance and Self Determination!)
    Hence … karma is upon the doorstep and ‘Extinguishing The Treaty of Waitangi’
    is the most peaceful way of ‘The Peaceful Warrior’! Which also fulfills our Ancestors prophecy that …’Come the Year 2010 we shall begin Our Sovereign Reign in Peace’ ~ 2011 … Notice of Extinguishment… not just of The Treaty … but also The Caretaker Settler Govt … ~ no doubt 2012 will just be left in the hands of Spirit ~ Te Ao Wairua is upon Us and All We need to do from hereon out is … na te Aroha, na te Aroha, na te Aroha!

  3. I am so very proud to be Kiwi….. It is very hard to give up who you are especially away from home…. I love everything about being me

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.