Waitangi Day

February 6, 2010 § Leave a comment

As they say on Wikipedia, Waitangi Day commemorates “a significant day” in the history of the people of New Zealand.  Waitangi Day, which is a national holiday in NZ, commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, in 1841. While Waitangi Day is celebrated throughout New Zealand and elsewhere in the UK, substantial controversy pervades as to whether or not the anniversary ought be viewed positively, as it officially designated New Zealand’s indigenous Māori as subjects of Great Britain. Annually there appear manifestations of the well-established Māori Protest Movement, who view Waitangi Day as an occassion to recognize their longstanding subjugation at the hands of the British.

Cornelia Street Cafe commemorates Waitangi Day with a full menu of New Zealand offerings, including an amazing-sounding lamb roast and a dessert that marries meringue, kiwifruit, passionfruit, and strawberries. You can check out the full menu here.


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