Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Happy Waitangi Day!

Every year on 6 February, New Zealand marks the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. In that year, representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Māori chiefs signed what is often considered to be New Zealand’s founding document. The day was first officially commemorated in 1934, and it has been a public holiday since 1974.
English is the national language of New Zealand, spoken by 98% of the population.  New Zealand's other official language is that of the indiginous Māori people.  The New Zealand English accent is similar to the Australian accent, in fact, it is almost impossible for English speakers from the northern hemisphere to tell speakers of the two nations apart.  
May we suggest you celebrate Waitangi Day by trying to perform the Haka, as demonstrated here by the All-Blacks Rugby Team:


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