On 6th February 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in a marquee in the grounds of James Busby's house (now known as the Treaty house) at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The Treaty made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British citizens.
Today I shall be celebrating Waitangi day with RE and some friends. It will involve good food and strong drink.
Happy Waitangi Day!