On the 6th of February, it is a day known to all New Zealanders. But what we don't know is what they think of this day and what it means to them. This day is known as Waitangi Day. Many people have different opinions and points of views. So in this blog post it identify's the 3 most common perspectives on Waitangi Day.
1. A public holiday
The majority of New Zealand mostly mark this day on their calendar as a day off work or school. Many just have a brief understanding of Waitangi day and it has no value to them whatsoever. They just use the opportunity to catch up on their sleep or to spend more time with their family. For these people its just another public holiday.
2. A day to protest
Many find this as an opportunity for their voice to be heard. This can be via bold signs or megaphones. Some feel as they still haven't received what they were promised by signing the treaty. Many feel as if they were taken advantage of by signing this treaty. That it is unfair that many problems still remain such as poverty due to this "land grabbing" treaty.
3. A day to remember
As we are taught in school this is a day to commemorate the treaty that was signed to bring peace and many more blessings between the Maori & Pakeha. Many Maori people hold feasts and performances to celebrate.
My perspective - I mostly relate to the first perspective but as I learn more about this topic I feel like I could change my perspectives of things.