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10 February 2008

Hui-tanguru 03

"Ki te kore nga putake e makukumea e kore te rakau e tipu"

If the roots of the tree are not watered the tree will never grow

Voiced by Lahni Sowter (Nga Puhi) and explanation by Maika Peehikuru (Nga Puhi)

Every, few months or so a call goes out to rebrand Waitangi Day as New Zealand day. After, patrolling Waitangi Day events in Wellington and Waitangi, Te Ahi Kaa found partners to the 1840 document are loathe to do that, content to enjoy 'he ra o te kotahitanga' - a day of unity.

In 1932 then Governor General, Lord Bledisloe giftedWhat started as a gift to the nation in 1840 turned in the building of a whare in the grounds

In 1940 Te Tii Marae was built in acknowledgment of the gift

Pita Paraone revisits the e history oftalks to the history and significance of Te Tii Marae The Waitangi Treaty House and grounds, together with an additional 1,000-acre land block, were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the governor general, Lord Bledisloe, and his wife. His intention was to create a national historic site to mark the country's foundation document. A trust board was set up, the dilapidated house restored, and the grounds gradually developed. The Treaty House underwent extensive renovations in 1989-90.

Waitangi Day

Celebrations were held in 1934 to acknowledge the gift, and in 1940 to mark the treaty's 100th anniversary. In the Treaty House grounds a whare rūnanga (meeting house) representing all tribes was built for the 1940 celebration. The celebrations led to a recognition of the historic significance of Te Tii marae at the Waitangi River mouth. Māori had erected a treaty monument there in 1880. Both commemorations brought thousands of visitors to the quiet Northland area, and established an annual tradition to mark the birth of the nation. The date of 6 February was first commemorated as a national holiday in 1974.

It's 75 square metres, requires a HT license and takes 2 hours to set up. The TREATY2U exhibition launched in 2006 travels the country with the aim of educating New Zealanders about Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Rangimoana Taylor and Kit O'Connor (Project Manager)

Flag making - Mahea Tomoana - Kahungunu Iwi

Once upon a Waitangi Day YouTube- at