Today in New Zealand, Friday February 6th is Waitangi Day. Waitangi Day is a National Public Holiday for everyone to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
The Treaty of Waitangi was signed in Waitangi, Bay of Islands on February 6th 1840. It was signed by the then Governor of New Zealand, on behalf of the Queen of England.
James Cook had been the first European to land on New Zealand in 1769, following Abel Tasmans discovery (but not landing on). of New Zealand. Captain Cook in his boat the Endeavour landed and claimed New Zealand for the British Crown.
The different Maori tribes of New Zealand signed the Treaty, which is viewed as the founding document of New Zealand. The agreement was made to shape the future of the country.
In Room Eight we have been learning about aspects of the Treaty of Waitangi in preparation for signing of a classroom treaty next week. If you wish to research more about the treaty of Waitangi and the history of New Zealand we would suggest that you have a look at NZ History Online the wikipedia information about it or the Christchurch Library Site.