Commemorating Waitangi Day

Book Cover6 February. Waitangi Day. A public holiday for most of us to commemorate the signing of The Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 between representatives of the British Crown and Rangatira representing some iwi.

Here at Christchurch City Libraries we have a wealth of Treaty resources you might be interested in exploring both in our Libraries and online. Our website has some wonderful introductory level information about the Treaty with links to books, and online resources.

We’ve made a list of local Canterbury events for Waitangi Day.

After you’ve had a browse through the information we have, you might like to have a go at our updated Treaty quiz. Do you know if and where the Treaty was signed in the South Island and who the signatories were? If not, looking here might be of interest.

Treaty of Waitangi display at New Brighton Library
Treaty of Waitangi display at New Brighton Library

After something a little meatier? Then take a look at our most recent staff picks for Treaty of Waitangi Resources- our newest booklist has quite a varied selection.

Treaty of Waitangi Settlements has caught my eye. With a focus more on the future and moving on from the 2014 Treaty Settlements deadline, I am interested in reading what the varying contributors have to say about future developments –  in terms of the spirit of the partnership the Treaty was supposed to facilitate and what they have to say in regards to what the future might hold.

Is there a particular book or website about the Treaty that you wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others?

Waka launch, Waitangi Day, Okain’s Bay
6 February 1977. Waitangi Day at Okain’s Bay.
Waka, Okain’s Bay, 1977
6 February 1977. Waitangi Day at Okain’s Bay.

Christchurch – this week in history (4 February – 10 February)

Cover6 February 1908
Stranges fire destroys buildings in High, Cashel and Lichfield Streets. Strange and company was New Zealand’s biggest department store in the early days of the 20th century. The early morning blaze spread to the DIC, Ashby Berghs and the White Hart Hotel. Damage was over £300,000, New Zealand’s worst to that date.

8 February 1870
Opening of Christchurch’s first art exhibition.

9 February 1917
Scott statue, sculpted by his widow, unveiled opposite the (then) Municipal Offices in Oxford Terrace.

Statue Scott Memorial

More February events in our Christchurch chronology.