Each year around 6th February, we Kiwis get a public holiday to enjoy Waitangi Day celebrations in New Zealand. This means a long, relaxing weekend of barbecues, family picnics and calm weather. Each region pays special attention to cultural events acknowledging New Zealand’s most historic document Te Tiriti o Waitangi, The Treaty of Waitangi.
This is a day that we New Zealanders remember the spirit of being one nation. We all have differing political opinions, but our commonality as New Zealanders is enough for this day.
Where else in the world do we have so much freedom to be our individual selves? I love the fact that as a female, I can get into my ‘togs’ (swimwear) without fear of harassment and join other happy families. We can openly criticize those that govern us without fear of reprisal.
We’re a nation of adventurers and will give anything a go. That’s why we’re often the first in the world to take on a new idea or trend. In other countries, banking transactions can take days or even weeks! Our banking systems are so advanced, transfers happen in one day.
You don’t have to travel far in this country for unobstructed views of beaches, forests and mountains. There are many places where you won’t see another car for miles and the only sounds are those made by nature.
I grew up listening to the evening chorus of cicadas, Tuis and Bellbirds. They lulled me to sleep and still do. There’s a lot to celebrate here folks.