Groove in the park

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Friday, February 6, 2004

Waitangi Day - a national holiday in New Zealand to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. The treaty between the United Kingdom and the United Tribes of New Zealand (and some other Maori leaders) is the founding document of modern New Zealand.

The contract between Queen Victoria and the chiefs brought New Zealand under British rule and ceded the nation's sovereignty to the British crown. In return, Britain was supposed to provide protection against unscrupulous settlers land grabbing and French expansion in the Pacific. In reality the document was misleading and the costs to the Maori were understated.

William Hobson was the British navel captain instructed to transfer the sovereignty, and claimed New Zealand for Britain before all the copies of the treaty had been signed and returned. He claimed the North Island on the grounds of cession by Maori; and the South Island by right of Captain Cook's discovery as he considered it without owners despite a significant Maori population.

In an effort to downplay the injustices of the past a whole host of activities had been organised during this long weekend. To start there was a free concert in Auckland Domain entitled 'Groove in the Park'. Robert, Susann, Hendrik and I spent the afternoon there soaking up the atmosphere and listening to the music.
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