Waitangi Day – New Zealand Day

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This morning I had the opportunity to watch the sun rise in New Zealand (Daniel slept in till 7.30am YAYE). As I watched it I also listened to the sea hitting the beach and the birds singing. Reflecting on the fact that today is New Zealand day.

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In 1840 the Maori chiefs and the 1st English people signed the Treaty of Waitangi. The founding document of New Zealand. Something that has caused great rifts ever since.

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A Maori and a Pakeha (one of the Members of Parliament) come together in a Hongi

I pray that all New Zealanders may join together today to celebrate what a great country ours is

Yesterday I got an upsetting email (well it upset me greatly)

In New Zealand in spite of the feelings towards the Treaty (which are vented mostly just on this day) we are a country that is able to live in freedom. This is something that all too often is taken for granted.

Reflecting upon this email we arent prisoners in our own homes. Where even at times our homes arent the safest place to be. We dont live in a country that has as many murders in one day as we in New Zealand suffer in a year.

 

We in fact live in the 4th best country in which to live in the world according to the International Living travel website. Who did a survey of 193 countries. We have topnotch (by world standards) healthcare and education. We are able to enjoy all the nearby parks around us without fear of crime or worst. We (by world standards) have a low crime rate. To read more of this interesting article link here.

To learn more about the Treaty of Waitangi click on the picturetreatypreview_2.jpgthis by the way is a great web site

To learn more about New Zealand

Upon reading this account I so wish we could celebrate like Tan describes the people do in his homeland

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The South Island – 14th Jan

In 1770 The Endeavour arrived at “a very broad and deep bay or inlet”. Cook had sailed his ship into the South Island of New Zealand. He named the inlet Queen Charlotte’s Sound. He took formal ownership of the land and met with Maori people and they traded for fish and vegetables.